June 5, 2019

Throughout the year, our country recognizes HIV/AIDS Awareness days, with the most recent day being National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. These annual awareness days help to educate the public about HIV/AIDS. At Curry Senior Center, we believe in holistic health care to create a genuine community for all those who connect with us. Based on this value, we will be recognizing HIV/AIDS awareness by sharing a recap from a conference in May, and information about our group of survivors of HIV.

The Bay Area North & Central Coast AIDS Education & Training Center and the San Francisco Department of Public Health sponsored the “15th Annual HIV Nursing Network Conference”, Friday, May 10, 2019, at Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco.

Curry’s Wellness Nurse, Jane deLeon, attended the conference, and shared some interesting information about what she learned during the conference.

Have you heard about U=U?

Undetectable = Untransmittable.

When people with HIV take effective treatment consistently, the amount of HIV in their bodily fluids falls drastically, to the point where there is not enough HIV to pass on to someone else.

People on effective HIV treatment with an undetectable viral load cannot pass on HIV through sex.

The goals of this particular segment of the conference were to:

  •  Improve the lives of people living with HIV by dramatically reducing the shame and fear of sexual transmission and opening up possibilities for conceiving children without alternative means of insemination.
  • Dismantle HIV stigma on the community, clinical, and personal level.
  • Encourage people living with HIV to start and stay on treatment, which keeps them and their partners healthy.
  • Strengthen advocacy efforts for universal access to treatment, care, and diagnostics to save lives and bring us closer to ending the epidemic.

Jane F. deLeon, Ph.D., R.N., joined Curry Senior Center as the Wellness Nurse in September 2017, when the (initial) Wellness Nurse Pilot Program (WNP) began. As the Wellness Nurse, Jane provided assessment, screening, and consultation and served as the on-site health resource for senior residents in several housing sites in San Francisco.

The main objective of the WNP was to develop/provide preventive health programs that optimized resident daily self-care abilities through a healthier lifestyle including healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, and other preventive health activities. Jane liaised with a variety of specialized health care providers and hospitals to assist residents with self-care management of chronic diseases, medication administration, and coordinated care with specialized care providers.

Curry is currently developing and expanding the Nursing Program in partnership with the Cadillac Hotel, a residential hotel in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The Cadillac Hotel houses many Curry clients.