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  • FACT Gives helping hand to AIDS Foundation of Houston. - FACT Gives helping hand to AIDS Foundation of Houston Huge thanks to you and Fact Bucks County for your donation of $1,600.00 in support of our Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The storm dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas of Houston causing catastrophic flooding throughout our wonderful city. Fortunately, our housing programs […]
  • FACT Annual Holiday BINGO - FACT is please to present its Annual Holiday BINGO Event. MAKE RESERVATIONS Holiday Hostess with the Mostist – Miss Pumpkin and all here merry elf’s. Come dressed in the holiday theme. Once again we will have prizes for best dressed and of course The Ugliest Sweater Contest which has become everyone’s favorite! 50/50 raffle, and […]
  • Upcoming Event Dates - FACT 2017 Events: Saturday October, 14th Your Invited to the 2017 Ball October – December – FACT Hosts AIDS Memorial Quilt at special events and select locations. Wednesday, December 6th - Holiday BINGO  Friday, December 1st World AIDS Day Event (Info to come)     Please be sure to complete the payment process via Pay […]
  • Giving Tuesday November 29th 2016 - We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now we have a day for giving back! Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is the fourth annual celebration of #GivingTuesday. Be part of a national celebration of generosity, a day to give a gift that makes an impact. This is an opportunity to give an […]
  • FACT Holiday BINGO presents Christmas Vacation - SOLD OUT December 7th 2016 FACT is please to present its annual Holiday BINGO event. This year’s theme is “Christmas Vacation” – With your Holiday Hostess with the Mostist – Miss Pumpkin and all here merry elf’s. Come dressed in the holiday theme. Once again we will have prizes for best dressed and of course […]
  • 2015 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Bucks County Cabaret featuring Lillias White - For video, additional Information and tickets go to www.broadwaycares.org/buckscountycabaret  Saturday, October 24 5 pm cocktails; 6 pm performance Bucks County Playhouse New Hope, PA Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White will bring her delicious, showstopping, once-in-a-generation song stylings to this year’s Bucks County Cabaret, a one‐night‐only concert produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. […]
  • FACT Bucks County NEWS and EVENTS UPDATED 07.29.2015 -   SUMMER TIME and the living is easy in New Hope, PA! WOW! THERE SURE IS A LOT TO DO!… AND HERE IS WHAT’S GOING ON…  (scroll down for details on the listed events)   Next BINGO is September 16th ~ HILLBILLY BINGO! New Hope Film Festival~NOW thru Aug 2 Friends of Library~BOOK SALE TRIVIA […]
  • 2015 16th Annual AIDS WALK (Oct 11) With Links - Along with out 10K Walk along the scenic Delaware Canal in NJ and PA, we’ve added a shorter walk too.  The longer walk will include special “token/stickers” along the way so you can be part of special prize drawing at the end of the Walk.     BECOME A 2015 SPONSOR With various levels to […]
  • 2015 AIDS WALK T-Shirt Design Chosen - Louis Licitra, president of FACT BUCKS COUNTY has announced that a new T-shirt design for the AIDS Walk for 2015 has been approved by the Board. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 with registration at 9:00 AM at New Hope/ Solebury High School. Last year’s walk raised over $65,000.00 to assist […]
  • FACT receives donations from local organizations - Earlier this year FACT Bucks County received generous donations (Over $6,000.00)  from The Bucks Motorcycle Club (Annual SANTA SATURDAY Event) and from The 2015 Lambertville~New Hope Winter Festival.  FACT also receives various donations throughout the year.  Last year FACT was recipient of $5,000.00 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; FACT will be applying for this […]
  • Immune Cells Can Be Manipulated to Kill HIV-Infected Reservoir Cells - As taken from POZ online Jan. 2015 It is possible to “boost” certain immune cells to enable them to kill HIV-infected reservoir cells that have been awakened from their dormant state, at least in a laboratory setting and in mice. Publishing their findings in the journal Nature, researchers drew immune cells and HIV-infected reservoir CD4 […]
  • FDA Approves Early Human Trial of Potential HIV Functional Cure - As taken from POZ on-line 3/2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to an early human trial of an HIV gene therapy that may lead to a functional cure, Medical Daily reports. The treatment involves drawing blood-producing stem cells from HIV-positive study participants who have had a poor response […]
  • NIH Funds Research Into ‘Kick and Kill’ HIV Cure Strategy - As taken from POZ online edition The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Division of AIDS and Infectious Disease Services (DAIDS) has pledged $6.6 million to support the first human clinical trial into a cure strategy known as “kick and kill.”     Read more:  http://www.poz.com/articles/kick_kill_761_27066.shtml
  • Improving the effect of HIV drugs by the use of a vaccine - As taken from Medical News Today [MNT] Revised 4/2015 A vaccine containing a protein necessary for virus replication can boost an HIV-infected patient’s immune system, according to clinical research published in the open-access journal Retrovirology. This boost can result in increased effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs.  Read more:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/293191.php
  • First human study of new HIV antibody therapy shows promise - Article as taken from Medical News Today [MNT] 4/2015 A study trialing a new generation of broadly neutralizing antibodies in humans for the first time has shown promise as a treatment for HIV according to researchers. The results of the clinical trial, published in Nature, have been more successful than previous HIVantibody tests in humans, with the […]
  • Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus - As posted in WebMD 4/29/2015 and as originally presented from HealthDay by Randy Dotinga HIV-infected patients appear to get an immune system boost, study found… Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body’s immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take. Years of research will be required to confirm that […]
  • HIV Treatments Work - More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. This campaign features people from across the United States who are living with HIV talking about how sticking with care and treatment helps them stay healthy, protect others, and live longer, healthier lives.  Read more at http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/hivtreatmentworks/index.html
  • amfAR announces $100 million investment strategy aimed at curing HIV - amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced that it has created a $100 million investment strategy in support of its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, launched last year with the aim of developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020. Read more:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/289786.php  Article from Medical News Today
  • Designer protein ‘blocks all known strains of HIV - From Medical News Today… “Our compound is the broadest and most potent entry inhibitor described so far,” says Michael Farzan, a Scripps Research Institute professor who led the effort.”       Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289611.php 
  • STOP THE VIRUS - We now know what it takes to help stop the virus. In our bodies. In our communities. It takes all of us. That’s because stopping the virus starts with you. https://www.helpstopthevirus.com/      
  • Crossfit Summa Yoga Donates Funds to FACT - FACT received an early Christmas present in 2014 with a generous donation of over $750.00 from Crossfit Summa December GLOWGA Event. This was a fun-filled 90 minute,  supercharged, black-light yoga event having a full house attendance.  Offered by Yoga Instructors, Andy Gardiner and Cory Smith, this was a second of event where FACT was able […]
  • Family Service’s Nathan Townsend Awarded FACT Scholarship for Continued Ed - ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY   by Jane Fetter, Public Relations-FACT In 2004, Nathan Townsend had lost his job and by 2005 was facing death since he could no longer afford his medication.  Nathan somehow survived and realized that he had a purpose to his life. With a fulfillment of a dream, Nathan knew he had to […]
  • Rockefeller University’s Dr. Ho in the Spotlight - Dr. Ho’s laboratory had long focused on the pathogenesis of HIV infection, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of HIV replication in vivo. Currently, his group is pursuing the development of vaccines for HIV as well as other innovative prevention strategies. Dr. Ho is also heading the China AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis […]
  • Scientists see mechanism for spontaneous HIV ‘cure - (As taken from YAHOO News) Paris (AFP) – French scientists said Tuesday they had found the genetic mechanism by which two HIV-infected men may have experienced a “spontaneous cure”, and said it offered a new strategy in the fight against AIDS.  Both men were infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), one of them 30 […]
  • Ability of HIV to cause AIDS is slowing, research suggests - (As taken from Science Daily posted December 1, 2014) The rapid evolution of HIV, which has allowed the virus to develop resistance to patients’ natural immunity, is at the same time slowing the virus’s ability to cause AIDS, according to new research. The study also indicates that people infected by HIV are likely to progress […]
  • ‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV - (As reported by By James GallagherHealth editor, BBC News website) A team at Aarhaus University in Demark tried using a chemotherapy drug, romidepsin, which is used in lymphoma.  Six HIV patients with undetectable levels of the virus were enrolled into trial. They each received a reduced dose of romidepsin once a week for three weeks. […]
  • Progress on Aids heartening – but there are still too many new infections and deaths - As posted on MNT (Medical News Today) World Lung Foundation issued the following statement on the topic of World Aids Day. Peter Baldini, Chief Executive Officer, World Lung Foundation, said: “The dedication of so many governments, public health professionals, NGOs, researchers and scientists has led to massive progress in the global fight against AIDS. The fact […]
  • HIV is ‘not under control among most infected Americans’ - As posted on MNT (Medical News Today) These are some of the key points the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make in their latest Vital Signs Report, which analyzes HIV data for 2011. There are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the US, and with new infections arising at a rate of […]
  • AIDS pandemic at ‘beginning of the end,’ say campaigners - As posted by MNT (Medical News Today) “Despite the good news, we should not take a victory lap yet. We’ve passed the tipping point in the AIDS fight at the global level, but not all countries are there yet, and the gains made can easily stall or unravel.” Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/286244.php
  • Bone metastases in prostate cancer blocked by HIV drug - As posted at MNT (Medical News Today) The receptor CCR5, targeted by HIV drugs, is also key in driving prostate cancer metastases, suggesting that blocking this molecule could slow prostate cancer spread Although prostate cancer can be successfully treated in many men, when the disease metastasizes to the bone, it is eventually lethal. In a study published online in […]
  • GLOWGA-FACT YOGA Fundraiser-December 14 - Come and get your GLOW PAINT ON and party under the black lights….Andy and Colby will do it again with a super-charged, 90-minute, YOGA glow paint PARTY raising funds for FACT Bucks County.  Don’t miss the fun on December 14th at 7-pm in Doylestown, PA.   www.crossfitsumma.com/events-and-competitions
  • World AIDS Day – sponsored by FACT Bucks County and New Hope Celebrates Community Gathering December 1st at 6:30pm - Please join FACT Bucks County and New Hope Celebrates (NHC) for a community gathering on World AIDS Day to remember our friends and family members with HIV~AIDS that have left us, are still living with the disease, and in our hope for a cure.  We will gather at Martine’s Restaurant (14 East Ferry Street, New Hope, PA) […]
  • FACT Bucks County Co-sponsors GIFT OF GIVING XIII: Lost In Space at the Michener - “The purpose of art education is not only to make more art and better artists, but better people and better communities.”  Herbert Read GIFT OF GIVING III:  Lost In Space Where:  James A.  Michener Art Museum Education Gallery When:  Opening Reception, November 9th ( 2-4pm) Exhibit runs from November 9 thru December 9  (This exhibition is […]
  • September 2014~Letter from FACT Bucks County President, Louis Licitra - NOTE:  Please be sure to join us for the 2015 AIDS WALK (16th Annual) scheduled for Sunday, October 11. (For a complete list of 2014 sponsors and information on how to become a 2015 SPONSOR, go to http://www.factbuckscounty.org/sponsors/)   What a great day for a WALK!  FACT Bucks County’s 15th New Hope & Lambertville AIDS WALK […]
  • SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: THE RAVEN AND THE POE BISTRO LOUNGE - FACT’s PUBLIC RELATIONS PERSON AND BOARD MEMBER, JANE FETTER  PLACES THE RAVEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH SCOTT DEWITT, ARMANDO MARTINEZ AND CHEF ED JANKOWSKI FACT OF BUCKS COUNTY is proud to recognize the continuing and generous support of FACT Bucks County by The Raven. We thank them for their dedication to FACT. With their continued […]
  • HIV Cure Breakthrough: Temple University Scientists Completely Eliminate the Disease from Cultured Human Cells - Taken from The Latino Post (9/12/2014): Jonathan Moore Scientists at the University of Temple have announced a breakthrough in the effort to find a cure for HIV and AIDS. Researchers say that they successfully completely removed HIV from cultured human cells, which they have declared a potential “game changer” in the search for a cure. […]
  • FACT Unveils the 2014 AIDS Walk T-shirt Design - Want to see it?  FACT Bucks County unveils 2014 AIDS WALK T-Shirt design as voted on by participants at last year’s AIDS WALK. Also, our generous list of 2014 sponsors get our attention too!  To see the great graphic as created by Gene Underwood and for more on this year’s 15th Annual Walk go to […]
  • New Hope Boro Forms Civic Sector Task Force-FACT Participates - FACT Bucks County is now part of the New Hope Borough’s newly formed Civic Sector Task Force and FACT board member, Stephanie Sommers Mathews Nagy and FACT President Louis Licitra attend the meetings. This Task Force allows local non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to come together to discuss how best to work as a team to promote the […]
  • Bucks County Proclaims ANNUAL FACT AIDS WALK DAY 2014 -     On Tuesday, September 2 at the Bucks County Board of Commissioners meeting, a Proclamation was announced proclaiming Sunday September 21st  as FACT AIDS WALK DAY throughout Bucks County.  We give a Big FACT THANK YOU for this honor.   (Pictured above from Left to Right are, Commissioner, Charles H. Martin,  John Colton, FACT AIDS Walk, Chairman, […]
  • Strategies for an HIV Cure 2014 - The Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is sponsoring a scientific meeting focused on the development of innovative strategies to cure HIV infection. The meeting will cover a comprehensive range of topics spanning basic and translational research, drug discovery and development, and […]
  • The Event Center by Cornerstone lands at the New Hope’s Eagle Fire House. - FACT Bucks County BINGO, The New Hope Eagle Fire House and Cornerstone Clubs, a great team…. UPCOMING 2014 BINGO DATES:  Wednesday, September 17 (Hooray for the Red White and Blue BINGO) and Wednesday, December 10 (Jingle Bell BINGO) Cornerstone Clubs is proud to announce a partnership with The New Hope Eagle Fire Company in their […]
  • CDC Hepatitis Updates: New Know Hepatitis B Video PSAs - Information from National Regional Resource Network Program These new 30 and 60 second video PSAs feature an overprotective father doing everything he can to make sure his son and family are protected. A narrator encourages parents like this father to also take care of themselves and get tested for Hepatitis B to protect their families. […]
  • Best Practices in Engaging the LGBT Community on the Affordable Care Act - Information from National Regional Resource Network Program  and AIDS.gov Last week, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hosted a briefing for LGBT, HIV/AIDS, and health advocates to discuss best practices, innovative strategies, and new resources to help LGBT communities get covered. Click here to continue reading. […]
  • HIV and Smoking – A Bad Combination - Information from National Regional Resource Network Program In July the CDC featured an HIV-infected smoker as part of its highly successful anti-smoking campaign “Tips from Former Smokers,” which tells the stories of real people harmed by smoking. Click here to continue reading.
  • Rainbow Room-The Curve-The Spectrum of Planned Parenthood present LGBTQA Youth’s Video - Recently, the LGBTQA youth, who are part of the Rainbow Room-The Curve-The Spectrum Program for Planned Parenthood Keystone, created an inspirational video, which is posted on their FACEBOOK Page.  It is a video on why they need the programs that Planned Parenthood Keystone offers them.  Planned Parenthood Keystone is proud to be a source of non-judgmental Health […]
  • It’s time to bring HIV prevention drugs out of the closet - Article as MSNBC web published 07/06/2014 by Kelsey Louie May 14 should have been PrEP’s big coming out moment. That’s when the federal government issued new guidelines urging doctors to adopt the use of PrEP – a powerful tool that when used daily is over 90% effective in preventing new HIV infections. But for most gay Americans, […]
  • Gov. Cuomo releases 3-point plan to end AIDS epidemic in New York - As taken from MSNBC on-line news… Just hours before more than 1 million people gathered in the streets of New York City to celebrate gay rights in the 45th annual pride parade 2014 , New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a plan to end the AIDS epidemic and reduce HIV infections in the state. Laid out in three […]
  • Viral Suppression May Bring HIV Transmission Risk Close to Zero - Article as it appeared in March 2014 AIDSMEDS… Two years into the second major study examining the chances of transmitting HIV with an undetectable viral load, there have been no transmissions between either gay or heterosexual serodiscordant partners, aidsmap reports. The previous major study investigating this matter, HPTN 052, which looked primarily at heterosexual couples […]
  • New CDC Website on Prevention of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Through Health Care - Federal Website (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention’s “Prevention Through Health Care” focus area develops, implements, and evaluates policies and practices that leverage the health care system to help prevent HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, […]
  • Hepatitis C Testing Coverage Guide - Non-Government Resource (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) Through a combination of a new recommendation in support of HCV testing and changes to the health insurance landscape under the Affordable Care Act, there will be greater access to insurance coverage and to reimbursable HCV screening across various healthcare payers. […]
  • Medicare Covers Hepatitis C Screening in Primary Care Settings - Federal Update (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), “the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for Hepatitis C Virus, consistent with the grade B recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is reasonable and necessary for […]
  • Updated Fact Sheet: HIV and Viral Hepatitis - CDC Fact Sheet (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) HIV coinfection more than triples the risk for liver disease, liver failure, and liver-related death from HCV. Click here to read the fact sheet.
  • Updated Fact Sheet: HIV Transmission Risk - CDC Fact Sheet (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) The risk of getting HIV varies widely depending on the type of exposure. Some exposures, such as exposure to HIV during a blood transfusion, carry a much higher risk of transmission than other exposures, such as oral sex. For […]
  • Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS - Archived Webinar (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) On March 10, 2014, the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) led the “Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS” webinar. During the webinar, speakers representing OWH and federal and national partners talked about the work they are doing to address HIV/AIDS […]
  • Toolkit Launch: Addressing Stigma Impacting Black and Latino Gay Men/MSM - Toolkit (Information supplied by Regional Resource Network Program/US Dept of Health and Human Services) The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors are launching “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men.” The blueprint contains 17 recommendations for reducing […]
  • FACT AIDS WALK 2014 premiers new promotional video - Announcing our 15th Annual New Hope and Lambertville AIDS WALK!  A benchmark for FACT Bucks County servicing the financial needs of people living with HIV-AIDS for over 22 years.  Our WALKS have raised over $1,000,000 in the last 14 years.  This, with our quarterly BINGO and other annual events, allow FACT to assist people living with HIV~AIDS and grant educational […]
  • Joy Behar entertains SOLD OUT crowd at the Bucks County Playhouse. - Portion of proceeds benefits FACT Bucks County Joy Behar’s premier of her one-woman show, “Me, My Mouth and I”  was performed to a SOLD OUT Bucks County Playhouse for three performances (May 9-11).  The audience was treated to Joy’s wit and charm with  a comedic  look back at  her life and career.   The Playhouse also gets back […]
  • RRAZZ ROOM of New Hope donates funds to FACT from Season of Giving - New Hope’s premier Supper Club & Caberet, The RRAZZ ROOM, located at the Ramada of New Hope, chooses a local non-profit to receive funds collected during performances at the holidays for their “Season of Giving”  program.  This year, they chose FACT Bucks County as the recipient of over $700.00 in donations.  A BIG FACT Thank […]
  • CDC and U.S. Public Health Service Release PrEP Guidelines - Federal Guidelines On May 14, 2014, the US Public Health Service released the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP.  The guidelines were developed by a federal inter-agency working group led by CDC, and reflect input from providers, HIV patients, partners, and affected communities. The new guidelines: Provide clear criteria for determining a person’s HIV risk […]
  • Act Against AIDS: Start Talking. Stop HIV. - Federal Recourse Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new phase of CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative, seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) by encouraging open discussion about a range of HIV prevention strategies and related sexual health issues between sex partners. Effective partner communication about HIV […]
  • FACT PRIDE BINGO 2014 was a fun SOLD OUT event - Nutella Duvage was absolutely stunning at FACT’s PRIDE Bingo held on May 14!  Our 50/50 “girl” Nutella Duvage (pictured) helped raise over $3,000 in 50/50 prize raffle at FACT’s PRIDE Bingo 2014.  What a great , fun night.   Special thanks to Thunder Showers, Mary McNight, Summer Clearance, Donna St. John and our BINGO diva, the […]
  • Over $2,000.00 raised for FACT’s Eddie Coogan Memorial Scholarship Fund - FACT Bucks County wants to thank Cora Berke for organizing a wonderful afternoon at The RRAZZ Room with a tribute fundraiser for FACT’s Eddie Coogan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over $1,500 was raised in donations. We also want to thank all those who attended and performances by Bob Egan, Liz DeFour, Ashley Wayne Barlow, New Hope’s own […]
  • FACT presented with the 2014 Beyond the Rainbow Award by Planned Parenthood Keystone - On Saturday, April 26, 2014, FACT Bucks County President, Louis Licitra, accepted the Beyond The Rainbow Award given by Planned Parenthood Keystone at the Sing Out Loud and Proud event held at The RRAZZ Room located at the Ramada of New Hope. This annual event raises additional funding for Planned Parenthood organized LGBTQ youth groups. […]
  • WINTER FESTIVAL gives funds to FACT - 2014 proved to be another successful year for the Lambertville & New Hope Winter Festival.  Through the generosity of others, and the hard work of the Winter Festival coordinators, over $45,000.00 was raised for local charities.  FACT Bucks County received a donation of $500.00.  A Big FACT Thank you to the Twin Rivertown Projects, Inc, […]
  • 2013 Santa Saturday Contributes Funds to FACT - FACT Bucks County received a donation of over $6,500.00 from the 2013 Santa Saturday event held at Paradise in Asbury Park.  A Big FACT Thank You to the Bucks Motorcycle Club and for their achievements with over 41 years of helping our local communities!  Funds received will assist people living with HIV/AIDS in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer […]
  • New Hope Celebrates PRIDE 2014 - May 11 through May 18 is a week of great PRIDE! For a list of events and more go to www.NewHopeCelebrates.com  and /or go to this web site page at http://www.factbuckscounty.org/pride-2014new-hope/ A full week of entertainment, LGBT information and events in both New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ Don’t miss the Annual PRIDE Parade on Saturday May 17th…this […]
  • A New Tool for Treating STIs and Preventing HIV - CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines are updated every four years to reflect changes in testing and treatment of STIs for specific populations. The Guidelines are available on the web, in wall chart and pocket guide formats, and in an eBook. Now, they also are available through a new mobile application, giving clinicians access to STI treatment […]
  • 3 Roads Off the Beaten Path: A Cure for HIV - amfAR provides a website to explore the possibilities of a cure for HIV by looking at the Berlin Patient, the Mississippi Child, and the Visconti Cohort.  Click here to view the website. FACT recognizes our relationship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Regional Resources Network Program for providing this information and other great articles; and allowing […]
  • FACT Bucks County to receive the Beyond the Rainbow Award at SOLAP - The 2014 recipient of Planned Parenthood Keystone’s Beyond the Rainbow Award is FACT Bucks County for its extraordinary support and consciousness for our LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies) programs, Planned Parenthood, and the greater LGBTQA community.  FACT, Fighting Aids Continuously Together, will receive the award at the agency’s event, Sing Out Loud […]
  • Science May Have Just Created ‘Drug-Free Control of HIV’ - Scientists may have just found a way to treat HIV without drugs.  Breaking news from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Read more at http://www.hivplusmag.com/treatment/2014/03/05/breaking-scientists-may-have-discovered-way-treat-hiv-without-medications
  • April 26th is Sing Out Loud & Proud Event to Benefit The Rainbow Room LGBTQA Youth Group - For Ticket information contact Andrea at Phone: 610.709.6061 OR  adolak@planitpa.org
  • Public Health Reports - Supplement 1: Program Collaboration and Service Integration….Information This supplemental issue of Public Health Reports presents a selection of innovative approaches, studies, and lessons learned from efforts to implement program collaboration and service integration in the prevention and control of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB) in the […]
  • New Health Insurance Marketplace Consumer Fact Sheets - Federal Resources  (Click on topics below to be redirected) What You Should Know About Seeing Your Doctor What To Know About Getting Your Prescription Medications Appealing Your Insurer’s Decision Not To Pay I signed up, but don’t have health coverage. What should I do? Getting Emergency Care What You Should Know About Early Renewal of […]
  • State Resources for ACA Implementation -   ACA and HIV Information Implementation of the Affordable Care Act will look different in each and every state. Thanks to the Treatment Access Expansion Project/Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, American Academy for HIV Medicine, and other partners, HIV Health Reform has resources on Medicaid expansion and the impact of health reform for many states.  […]
  • Young and Positive? - We Are Here For You-NEW JERSEY AIDS/HIV/STD HOTLINE (This information supplied to us by RUTGERS New Jersey Medical School DEC 2013) Finding out you are HIV positive is always scary, but especially for teens/young adults. It is very common to feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone, but don’t let that prevent you from taking action. Know […]
  • Comedian & Talk Show Host Joy Behar to Debut her One-Woman Show at The Bucks County Playhouse -  “Joy Behar: Me, My Mouth & I”  3 Performances Only! At The Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope,PA Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10 @ 8:00pm Sunday, May 11 @ 3:00pm (Mother’s Day) Tickets On Sale NOW A portion of the proceeds to benefit FACT Bucks County      Comedian/talk show host, Joy Behar, makes her […]
  • FACT Raises over $10K at Jingle Bell Bingo 2013 -  We want to take this time to thank our Jingle Bell Bingo Committee, Sponsors, Bingo Players, Volunteers, and Entertainers for allowing FACT to be able to raise over $10,000.00 to assist people living with HIV-AIDS in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.  An amazing night, which was sold out a week in advance.  A special thank […]
  • Dig Yoga raises over $1,000 for FACT - We are blessed at FACT Bucks County with people and organizations that work with us to raise funds for people living with HIV~AIDS in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.  Join us in 2014 for WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1…. www.digyoga.com
  • A healthy diet plays a vital role in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS - The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is fully supporting World AIDS Day (01 December 2013), by highlighting the vital importance of good nutrition for those living with HIV and AIDS. The BDA also has a specialist group working in this field called Dietitians in HIV and AIDS (DHIVA). The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional […]
  • Aggressive new HIV strain leads to AIDS more quickly - New research from Lund University in Sweden suggests that a new aggressive strain of HIV develops more rapidly into AIDS than other current strains. From first infection with HIV to developing AIDS can be as short as 5 years – the shortest known for HIV-1 types – say the researchers. The new strain is a […]
  • Promising new drug target: key found to restoring ‘exhausted’ HIV-fighting immune cells - Researchers have identified a protein that causes loss of function in immune cells combatting HIV. The scientists report in a paper appearing online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that the protein, Sprouty-2, is a promising target for future HIV drug development, since disabling it could help restore the cells’ ability to combat the virus […]
  • HIV cure may lie in radioimmunotherapy - A new study suggests targeting HIV with radioimmunotherapy could eradicate HIV from infected cells. If given in conjunction with highly active antiretroviral therapy, it may form the basis of a cure. Although highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) kills human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the bloodstream, it does not completely eliminate it from the body because […]
  • Holiday Newsletter 2013 - Holiday Letter from FACT President, Louis Licitra  Dear friends and families, a lot to say, because we have so much to give thanks for…  FACT Bucks County has had a great year for growth and support.  The FACT Board of Directors would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you […]
  • New Video and Other Resources on the Importance of Quitting Smoking for People Living with HIV - From AIDS.gov… Prior to the observance of the 2013 Great American Smokeout, in November, a brief new video about the harmful effects of smoking among people living with HIV was released.   Organized annually by the American Cancer Society , the Smokeout encourages smokers to make a plan to quit.    By doing so, smokers—including those living with HIV…will be […]
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases Updated HIV/AIDS Information and Launches HIV Facebook Page - Links to FACT sheets and DATA…. National HIV Prevention Progress Report   Updated Fact Sheets:  HIV in the United States  HIV Among Latinos  HIV Among Transgender People  New Data:  HIV Testing and Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men – United States Differences Between HIV-Infected Men and Women in Antiretroviral […]
  • POZ Magazine Releases State-By-State Guide to the 2013 POZ 100 - Individuals Making a Difference Congratulations to the eleven individuals from Region III who made this years list of “unsung heroes from around the country who are committed to ending the epidemic.”      For the complete list, click here.
  • Sharing Responsibility, Strengthening Results - From the Office of National AIDS Policy The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” Now more than ever, it is a fitting theme as the United States focuses, both on the domestic and global fronts, on building partnerships that strengthen our response to HIV and […]
  • An amazing night for World AIDS Day in New Hope and Lambertville….. - On the evening of December 1st, and thanks to a team effort by FACT Bucks County, New Hope Celebrates, Martine’s RiverHouse, and Wessel+O’Connor Gallery (featuring special WORLD AIDS DAY cupcakes by James Rogers of Cakes Done Simple), with thoughtful words from The Rev Michael Ruk of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, our community was once again brought together […]
  • Curtin & Heefner continue Annual Tradition - Curtin & Heefner has always been a great supporter of FACT Bucks County and to our local community.  Robert Szwajkos is part of our BINGO Committee and also volunteers at all of our events.  Family Service Association of Bucks County is part of our team at FACT and receives various grants client care, education and prevention purposes. […]
  • Daniel Gramkee presents BACK TO SCHOOL BINGO YouTube Video - Soon to be posted to our web site, FACT Bucks County wants to give a Big FACT Thank You to Daniel Gramkee for producing a YouTube video of images from our September 2013 BACK TO SCHOOL BINGO. Here’s the link to the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNzDTcE6-9Y&feature=share&list=UUFtpUILQKin5qEkBSVGcemQ   Additional Back to School images are currently posted in the GALLERY section of our web […]
  • Jumping Person FACT board grows with two new members and FACT’s Holiday Donation drive begins. - FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) currently allows for 15 board members as the board of directors.  We would like to welcome our most recent board members, The Reverend Michael Ruk and John F. Colton. (For a complete list of board members and their bios go to the ABOUT US section of our web site) The FACT […]
  • WHAT IS PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP)? - Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV infection take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The pill, called Truvada®, contains two of the many medications that can be used to treat people who already have HIV. These medications prevent HIV […]
  • THE RRAZZ ROOM anounces “Season of Giving” to benefit FACT -  FACT Bucks County has always promoted a team spirit when it comes to working with local businesses and organizations in various fund raising programs. We are excited to partner up with the new RRAZZ ROOM, The Premier Supper Club of Bucks County located within The Ramada New Hope.  FACT would like to welcome Robert Kotonly […]
  • HHS Report on 2012 Progress on National HIV/AIDS Strategy - NHAS Update HHS has released the annual progress report, 2012 HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Report. It highlights actions taken by HHS operating divisions and offices during 2012-from research, regulation, and policy making to prevention services, training, public awareness, and grant making-that have helped make progress toward the Strategy’s goals. See the report here.
  • New Web Portal Explains The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — For People With HIV -  The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a new consumer web portal to help people living with HIV navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically designed to address the needs of people with HIV, the Obamacare & You portal, funded by Gilead Sciences, Inc., is presented as part of Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public […]
  • BC/PUSH Offers Sexual Health Conference at Bucks County Community College - On Wednesday, November 13, Bucks County Community College (Newtown Campus~Gallagher Room) is hosting a Sexual Health Conference.  This conference and discussion is open to everyone to attend and begins at 8:00 am and continues through 2:30 pm (see schedule below). Sponsored by the Open Door Club and presented by BC/PUSH. Various presentations and discussions will be […]
  • Join us for YOGA~Fundraiser Class on World AIDS Day, December 1 - For more information, go to: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/colbysmith/factyogabenefitatdiglambertville   DIG YOGA 204 N. union Street, Lambertville, NJ Sunday, Dec. 1   5:30 to 7:30    Donations for FACT accepted www.digyoga.com
  • FACT AIDS WALK 2013 RAISES OVER $65K - On October 6th, FACT Bucks County is pleased to announce that our 2013 AIDS Walk has raised over $60,000.00. It’s always a team effort at FACT and our generous sponsors (see list below) and walk participants have once again made this Walk another successful event….. Speaking of teams, we had three team award winners this year; […]
  • BUCKS COUNTY CABARET RAISES OVER $165K - Tony Award winner Alan Cumming entertained and captivated a standing-room-only audience at Bucks County Cabaret on October 19, 2013, while raising over $165K for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.Taking center stage at the historic Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, Cumming proudly channeled an eclectic mix of the best women of music – from Shirley Bassey […]
  • FACT Co-Sponsors GIFT OF GIVING at The Michener Art Museum~NOW thru December 10 - Don’t miss the GIFT OF GIVING Exhibit (NOW through December 10th)  and all the great exhibits currently showing at the Michener Art Museum! This Exhibition is Co-Sponsored by FACT Bucks County 2013 EDUCATION GALLERY EXHIBITION Annual Celebration of Art and Giving by the Students of the New Hope-Solebury School District FACT is honored to be […]
  • Planned Parenthood Keystone Receives funds from FACT Bucks County for Rapid HIV Testing Program and Education -   Planned Parenthood Keystone received a grant at the October (2013) board meeting of FACT Bucks County.  There are many programs that Planned Parenthood has in place and one of them is Rapid HIV Testing and FACT has given them this grant for the continuation and expansion of this program.  The Centers for Disease Control statistics […]
  • FACT Board Member, Gary Scibelli with Well Strung - FACT Bucks County board member, Gary Scibelli has always done great work for FACT in raising funds and awareness.  Here he is, in the middle, posing with the men of  Well Strung who are all wearing the 2013 FACT AIDS WALK  t-shirts.   The 2013 New Hope & Lambertville AIDS Walk brought in over $60,000!   Gary […]
  • New medical device extremely effective at preventing HIV in women - It’s often said that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has a woman’s face. The proportion of women infected with HIV has been on the rise for a decade; in sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60 percent of people living with disease. While preventative drugs exist, they have often proven ineffective, especially in light of financial and cultural barriers […]
  • Study evaluates population-wide testing, early treatment for HIV prevention - A study in South Africa and Zambia will assess whether house-to-house voluntary HIV testing and prompt treatment of HIV infection, along with other proven HIV prevention measures, can substantially reduce the number of new HIV infections across communities. Read more at http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-09-population-wide-early-treatment-hiv.html
  • New target to fight HIV infection identified -   A mutant of an immune cell protein called ADAP (adhesion and degranulation-promoting adaptor protein) is able to block infection by HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus 1), new University of Cambridge research reveals. The researchers, who were funded by the Wellcome Trust, believe that their discovery will lead to new ways of combatting HIV. Read more […]
  • Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2013 - Our 14th Annual New Hope & Lambertville AIDS WALK is happening this weekend on Sunday, October 6th. This is always an amazing fund raiser with equally amazing people! My heartfelt thanks go to our sponsors, walkers, volunteers, the river towns of New Hope & Lambertville and their police & staff, the High School, all those […]
  • FACT Grants Funds to HiTOPS - HiTOPS was established in 1987 as a youth-focused healthcare and education center to address concerns for the HIV epidemic and requests for reproductive healthcare. Over HiTOPS 25 year history, programs and services have expanded to address the changing health needs of young people, ages 11 to 26, and to serve the increasing number of requests […]
  • FACT Gives Grant to LifeTies - Located in Mercer County and expanding to other areas, for 30 years LifeTies has advanced its mission of providing quality care and services to youth in crisis due to sexual orientation, gender, abuse, neglect, homelessness and various health issues.  Through their four programs: RAINBOW HOUSE, group home for medically fragile female youth with HIV/AIDS, Lupus […]
  • World AIDS Day is Sunday, December 1 - World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and […]
  • 2013 FACT AIDS Walk A Big FACT Thank You to all of our AIDS Walk sponsors 2013 -
  • Volunteer Time Off at Health Strategies Group assists FACT -   Health Strategies Group (HSG) has been providing research-based sales and marketing intelligence to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry since 1992. With an unmatched depth and body of knowledge, they offer the expertise to assemble information and, more importantly, the unique talent to translate it into business implications and actionable recommendations. From syndicated research to […]
  • Quarterly Letter from the President of FACT, Louis Licitra - I can’t believe that we are now in August and I am writing to you about the September and December BINGO Events and the October 6th Annual AIDS Walk…this year is moving right along for sure! The John Lennon Art Show and Sale sponsored by Yoko Ono and FACT gave us a door donation of […]
  • Jingle Bell BINGO, Wednesday, December 11 -  FACT gets you in the Holiday Spirit with our traditional Jingle Bell Bingo! Join us for all of the fun and this time you get a “holiday dinner” with entry fee of $20.   Not only will FACT be serving some riotous fun, but THE RAVEN will be offering Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.  Cash […]
  • Lifesaving HIV Treatment Could Reach Millions More People Following Landmark Study -   Millions more people could get access to life-saving HIV drug therapy, following a landmark study led by Australian researchers based at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The researchers have found a lower daily dose of an important HIV drug therapy is safe and as effective in suppressing the […]
  • HIV/AIDS Vaccines: Defining What Works -   Designing an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine is something of a paradox: a good vaccine would be safe and look enough like HIV to kick-start the immune system into neutralizing the virus — but the problem is that this is exactly what the human immune system has trouble doing even when it’s exposed to the real […]
  • Plant-Based Compound May Inhibit HIV - A compound found in soybeans may become an effective HIV treatment without the drug resistance issues faced by current therapies, according to new research by George Mason University researchers. It’s in the early stages, but genistein, derived from soybeans and other plants, shows promise in inhibiting the HIV infection, says Yuntao Wu, a professor with […]
  • Condoms May Boost Beneficial Bacteria In The Vagina -   By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 07/29/2013 08:21 AM EDT on LiveScience   In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, condoms may help good bacteria in the vagina flourish, a new study from China shows.   Sexually active women in the study who used condoms had larger colonies […]
  • Ditch Your HIV Pills and Get a Monthly Shot Instead? - Johnson and Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline may have come up with an even more convenient way of treating HIV — not with daily tablets but with new monthly injections that at least one study suggests might be even safer. Though it seems like most patients would prefer pills over needles, a new survey published in Nanomedicine has […]
  • HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure -   One of the hardest tasks at the Ali Forney Center is telling one of our youths that they have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Having already been dealt the cruel blows of family rejection and homelessness, our youths struggle daily with despair. When they find out that they are HIV-positive, many […]
  • The Art of John Lennon-June 28, 29 & 30 - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….(Read more below)        Continuing the Lennon legacy of peace and love, Yoko Ono and Legacy Productions are proud to bring The Art of John Lennon to New Hope June 28th to 30th.  Few people know that John did not pick up a guitar for 5 of the last 7 years […]
  • Quarterly Newsletter -  From FACT Bucks County President, Louis Licitra  Dear Friends, Coming into summer and FACT Bucks County has been very busy indeed. Our BINGO events are now almost always SOLD OUT each quarter. We hate to turn people away, but we are limited to the number of seats we are allowed to have at the New […]
  • FOX & ROACH CHARITIES MAKES CONTRIBUTION TO FACT - “We are so pleased to be able to continue our charitable giving during today’s economic climate,” explains Kassie Erb, President, Fox & Roach Charities, “and help so many in need.” Fox & Roach Charities has contributed more than $4 million through office fund donations and board of trustee grants, since its inception in 1995, to […]
  • New Tool Can Identify Powerful HIV Antibodies, Could Speed HIV Vaccine Research -   Article as adapted from original press release by NIH   A team of NIH scientists has developed a new tool to identify broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) capable of preventing infection by the majority of HIV strains found around the globe, an advance that could help speed HIV vaccine research. Scientists have long studied HIV-infected […]
  • Latest HIV Vaccine Fails In The US, Government Stops Study -    Click on the headline to read more… For this article, go to http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259679.php  
  • All Adults, Adolescents, And Pregnant Women Should Be Screened For HIV - As adapted from the Annals of Internal Medicine (April 2013) New recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) urge physicians to screen all adults and adolescents aged 15 – 65 for HIV. In addition, all pregnant women should receive screening, even those who are in labor but have not yet been screened. […]
  • Blocking A Key Protein Boosts Body’s Ability To Clear Chronic Infections Like HIV, Hepatitis C - UCLA scientists have shown that temporarily blocking a protein critical to immune response actually helps the body clear itself of chronic infection. Published in the journal Science, the finding suggests new approaches to treating persistent viral infections like HIV and hepatitis C. The research team studied type-1 interferons (IFN-1), proteins released by cells in response […]
  • Baby Born With HIV Apparently Cured, Say Scientists - (As taken from The Huffington Post) WASHINGTON — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s no guarantee the […]
  • David Steinberg to Perform One-Man Show at Bucks County Playhouse - LEGENDARY COMEDIAN DAVID STEINBERG PERFORMS HIS ONE-MAN SHOW     “David Steinberg: Might Be Something Big…Might Not”   Two Nights Only!   At The Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm   Tickets On Sale NOW    A portion of the proceeds to benefit FACT Bucks County and United Jewish […]
  • Quarterly Letter from the President of FACT - Letter from the President, Louis Licitra  Dear Friends, As winter begins to leave us, spring begins with FACT Bucks County continuing to move forward in our commitment to those living with HIV-AIDS.  For over 20 years FACT has been able to serve our communities with individual financial assistance and with grants for education and prevention to […]
  • New Hope Celebrates and EDGE Media Network announce free New Hope Pride App available for iPhone - “Small town with big ideas,” and now an App to facilitate official New Hope Celebrates Pride Activities May 12th– 19th 2013  New Hope Celebrates (NHC), the all-volunteer gay and lesbian marketing organization of Bucks County, Pa., announced today that their official New Hope Pride App is now available to download from the iTunes App Store. Through […]
  • Santa Saturday 2012 benefits many charities including FACT - We are blessed with many friends in our community.  The Bucks Motorcycle Club has donated over $4,000 to FACT from their 2012 Santa Saturday event in Asbury Park.  We deeply appreciate their support and the help that this will give to people in need. Bucks MC’s 37th Santa Saturday, at Paradise in Asbury Park, Raises […]
  • Dr. Joseph Gugliotta Treats New Disease from Tick That Carries Lyme Disease - Dr. “G” was our speaker at the Annual FACT AIDS Walk in 2010 FACT would like to recognize Dr. Gugliotta’s accomplishments and give him a big FACT congratulations!  (Information as taken from Hunterdon Health Care posting) Hunterdon Medical Center Infectious Disease Specialist Joseph Gugliotta has helped to identify and successfully treat a new disease, which […]
  • RESEARCH: Potential AIDS Cure, Discovered By Australian Medical Researchers, Modifies HIV Protein - Scientists working in a medical research facility in Australia say they may have discovered a therapy to potentially cure AIDS. Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, led by Associate Professor Dr. David Harrich, say they have developed a form of gene therapy that turns the HIV protein against itself and ultimately stops it […]
  • RESEARCH: Natural Antiviral Protein Stops HIV, Deadly Viruses Entering Cells - (From Medical News Today) Researchers in the US have identified a natural antiviral protein that stops HIV and certain other deadly viruses like Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, and Nipah, from entering host cells. They hope the discovery will help efforts to develop broad-spectrum antivirals against many of the deadly viruses that the National Institute of […]
  • Preventing HIV, STDs With The Help Of Social Media - (From Medical News Today) Facebook and other social networking technologies could serve as effective tools for preventing HIV infection among at-risk groups, new UCLA research suggests. In a study published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, researchers found that African American and Latino men who have sex with men voluntarily […]
  • Decrease reported in new HIV infection in African-American Women - New HIV infections among African American women have decreased by 21 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to new figures released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). African American women are far more affected by HIV/AIDS than other women in the USA, with the rate of new infections 20 times greater […]
  • Report Recommends Devolution for US Global Relief Programs - (As taken from Nature.com) The huge, ten-year-old US program that provides HIV treatment and prevention in dozens of developing countries needs to begin shifting to host-country ownership of the programs, according to an advisory report released today. The 700-page report, from the US Institute of Medicine, also says that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS […]
  • ‘Puppet Service Announcement’: Broadway’s ‘Avenue Q’ And Logo TV Join Forces For HIV Awareness Campaign -  From The Huffington Post… The popular Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Avenue Q” and Logo TV are teaming up for a national public service announcement — or “puppet service announcement” — campaign to heighten awareness regarding HIV with the first of six on-air spots set to debut during the 90-minute premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season […]
  • Pumpkin always takes center stage at FACT! - “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead…… By FACT Public Relations Person and Board Member, Cora Berke….. I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Gardner, best known as New Hope’s fabulous Miss Pumpkin, on New Year’s Day.  He […]
  • HIV-Resistant Cells Created By Stanford Researchers Could Protect Patients From AIDS - See the full story as posted by The Huffington Post… Researchers at Stanford University have created HIV-resistant T-cells, a breakthrough that, if proven successful in humans, could potentially stop the virus from developing into AIDS. The discovery was announced in Tuesday’s issue of Molecular Therapy, and according to researchers, could replace lifelong drug treatments and […]
  • 2012 Thanksgiving Baskets given by Curtin & Heefner for needy families -   (Frank Guarrieri, Nathan Townsend of FSA and Robert Szwajkos) Bucks County law firm Curtin & Heefner LLP supported the Bucks County Opportunity Council and the Family Service Association of Bucks County [FSA] by donating 14 Thanksgiving baskets to the community organizations which were then dispersed to individuals and families in need. The firm donated […]
  • Holiday Gathering at FSA -   (As submitted by Tim Philpot, Secretary, FACT Bucks County)   FACT VP, Herb Andrus and, FACT and Tim Philpot had the opportunity to be part of a wonderful Holiday gathering at Family Services Association of Bucks County in Langhorne, PA (http://www.fsabc.org/) this past week.  Nathan Townsend (HIV/AIDS Care Outreach Specialist) and other staff from […]
  • FACT organizes Lambertville-New Hope World AIDS Day Vigil -
  • Revolutionary Treatment Uses HIV to Reprogram Cells Into Fighting Cancer - The treatment uses a disabled version of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram the genes of a person’s immune system and retrain it to kill cancer cells. Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/13465/20121210/revolutionary-treatment-uses-hiv-reprogram-cells-fighting.htm#MclXjJ764foqo7PT.99   Emma Whitehead, now aged seven, was five years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Last spring, she was near […]
  • More than half of young HIV-infected Americans are not Aware of their Status - Too many young people continue to become infected and few are tested for HIV Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected, according to a Vital […]
  • WORLD AIDS DAY Candlight Vigil December 1, Lambertville/New Hope - FACT BUCKS COUNTY Recognizes WORLD AIDS DAY Candlelight Vigil & WalkPlease join FACT for World AIDS Day http://www.worldaidsday.org/   World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have […]
  • November Letter from the President: Louis Licitra - What a great AIDS WALK for 2012! Everyone is just amazing!  We truly have a very caring and giving community that helped raise close to $70K.  Our sponsors, walkers, teams, and volunteers have made it all possible for FACT to go forward with all of our programs including Education and Living Expense assistance in Bucks, […]
  • Incidence of drug resistant tuberculosis alarmingly high -   Incidence of drug resistant tuberculosis is alarmingly high across a number of countries, according to research published in the Lancet. The study enrolled 1,278 patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a TB strain resistant to two or more first-line antibiotic drugs, and found that 43.7% were also resistant to at least one second-line therapy. […]
  • Can funding for HIV and AIDS keep up with science? -   We have witnessed ground-breaking developments in the response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in recent years. The use of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and voluntary medical male circumcision as HIV prevention tools have been proven to effectively reduce numbers of new infections. Moreover, the importance of early access to ARV treatment for those who […]
  • AIDS Related Deaths among “under-fives” still too high -   The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released a report assessing global progress in reducing child mortality, which shows that AIDS remains a leading cause of death among children under five. While there has been a significant decrease in the number of deaths among this age group, from 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 […]
  • ACME Screening Room presents “TRANS” - ACME Screening Room Www.AcmeScreeningRoom.org 25 S Union St, Lambertville, NJ Saturday, November 17 TRANS, Plus Meet-the-Producer and Experts Featured In Film, Including Dr. Christine McGinn Film Plus Producer: 7 pm Film Only: 9 pm Winner, Best Documentary at Philly Q Fest, “TRANS” is an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the […]
  • Philadelphia FIGHT Celebrates over 20 Years -   Philadelphia FIGHT is celebrating over 20 years of our lifesaving work on Friday, November 30 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. We hope you’ll join us for the 2012 We Remember Gala. A portion of the AIDS Quilt on display, a live jazz ensemble, silent auction, and festive food await as we reflect on […]
  • THE GIFT OF GIVING XI, Exhibition & Reception Sunday, November 11, 2012 - FACT Bucks County, Morrie Breyer, Michael Mamp & First Savings co-sponsor THE GIFT OF GIVING XI: EDUCATION GALLERY EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION at the Michener Museum. FACT Bucks County, Board member/past president Morrie Breyer and Michael Mamp are proud to once again be one of the sponsors of the annual Gift of Giving Exhibition and Reception […]
  • Bucks County Cabaret on October 13 presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS -        
  • HIV/AIDS Current News - FACT Bucks County offers up to date information on HIV/AIDS related topics…see this section on news as taken from AVERT… Additional NEWS can also be viewed at www.AVERT.org         US approves Truvada as an HIV prevention drug (Article as taken from AVERT; AVERTing HIV & AIDS) In May 2012  the advisory committee to the US Food […]
  • Summer 2012-Letter from the President, Louis Licitra - FACT Bucks County has been working very hard in re-structuring our programs and to continue to grant funds to those in need.  A major part of our organization is specific to granting funds for educational purposes and in promotional assistance to other HIV service organizations.  We work with various local organizations to ensure that all […]
  • High Hopes as AIDS Conference Returns to U.S. at Long Last - [Article taken from Science Editor, originally by Anette Breindl]          In July, the International AIDS Conference occured on U.S. soil for the first time in more than two decades, the theme was “Turning the Tide Together.” That spirit contrasts sharply with the last meeting to take place in the U.S., which was held in San […]
  • CDC Trying Out Free AIDS Tests At Drugstores - Getting an AIDS test at the drugstore could become as common as a flu shot or blood pressure check, if a new pilot program takes off. The $1.2 million program will offer the free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
  • HiTOPS is Awarded Grants from FACT Bucks County and the Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer - HiTOPS was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from FACT Bucks County to implement HIV prevention and risk reduction education programs, as well as a $500 grant from the Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer to implement sexual health education for Latina youth and younger African-American girls to decrease rates of teen pregnancy and HIV/STI infections. “Research is […]
  • HSG Corporate Stewardship Committee Offers Assistance to FACT - As an alternative to traditional corporate matching of dollars to dollars, Lambertville consulting firm Health Strategies Group has adopted a program that encourages employees to dedicate service to a local charity. To commemorate the service, the firm presents a donation in tandem with the hours of service provided. It’s a win-win opportunity for the charities […]
  • Pumpkin Award given to Liz Borland by LifeTies - Liz Borland, President of LifeTies Board of Directors, was awarded the Pumpkin Award at the 2nd annual LifeTies Family Reunion on June 23rd.  Her husband and son accepted on her behalf.  The Pumpkin award is named in honor of Michael Gardner whose dedication to helping youth inspires us all.  Borland has served as a member of […]
  • FACT Participates in Recently formed Hunterdon County Support Group - FACT board members Louis Licitra, Herb Andrus and Gary Guarino were invited to attend a recent meeting of the GLBTQ Support and Social Group of Hunterdon County.  Louis Licitra presented general information on FACT,  BINGO events and on the Annual AIDS WALK.  Presentations were also given by Attorney Leslie A. Farber, offering a Q & […]
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS [BC/EFA] Awards Grant to FACT - As a local grass roots service organization, FACT Bucks County was invited to apply for and was recently awarded $5,000.00 by the BC/EFA National Grants Program.  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS-related grant-making foundations, granting approximately $6 million annually and over $121 million dollars since 1987. Equity Fights AIDS and […]
  • Who Says Fund Raising Isn’t Fun? - A big FACT Thank You goes to Gary Scibelli owner of New Hope Shoes, North Main Street~New Hope and FACT board member for raising over $650.00 in donations in Provincetown (PTown), MA.  Gary has always given great support to FACT, this time he “worked the streets” of P-Town in feathers and lace during the T-dance […]
  • News from Kevin J. Burns, Executive Director of ActionAIDS - For 26 years, ActionAIDS has been working to increase access to primary care and vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS. We, therefore, applaud the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold The Affordable Care Act. When fully implemented in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will increase access to health insurance to low income Americans and […]
  • New Hope~Eagle Fire Company Enters a New Era -  FACT and the New Hope Eagle Fire Company have always teamed up to bring you our Quarterly BINGO Events For 10 years the Fire Company has been planning extensive renovations and now they are becoming a reality. Read more….FIREHOUSE RENOVATIONS  
  • Did You Know? News from The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] - Today the HIV epidemic is far less visible, even though 1.1 million Americans live with HIV and approximately 50,000 more become infected each year. Fear, discrimination, and complacency continue to hamper progress against HIV, even though most Americans understand how the disease is transmitted. By promoting the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, you can help […]
  • FACT’s “Way Off Broadway” Pride BINGO Draws Sold Out Crowd - A sold out fire hall and lots of fun made for a successful fundraising event for the second quarter FACT BINGO. With featured entertainment by Devyn Rush (American Idol contestant and National singing sensation), with Bob Egan on the piano, and our own New Hope celebrities, Miss Pumpkin and Big Sue (and don’t forget our […]
  • FACT in New Hope Pride Parade – 2012 - A spectacular Day for a parade.  FACT participates in New Hope Celebrates’ (NHC) PRIDE 2012 and tossed out “vintage t-shirts to the crowds.  Billy Sheetz, co-owner of  R & R Auto Sales in Baptistown, NJ (www.rrautosales.net) gave us use of his 1966 Mustang convertible. Thousands attended and viewed the annual parade. Next year is NHC’s 10 year […]
  • “It Could Happen to You” Video - A powerful video..you may also use this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR9gyloyOjM&feature=youtu.be
  • Sponsor In The Spotlight – Carousel Farm - (Article as it appeared in the 2011 4th Quarter issue of inFACT Newsletter) The Carousel Farm is located in historic Bucks County PA, just outside of the Delaware River town of New Hope (90 minutes from NYC, and 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia).  www.carouselfarmlavender.com The Carousel Farm, first established in 1748, has had many lives […]
  • Bucks M.C. Donates $1,000 to FACT - (Article as it appeared in the 2012 1st Quarter inFACT Newsletter) BUCKS M.C. DONATES $1,000 To FACT FROM SANTA SATURDAY FUNDRAISER 2011 A BIG FACT “THANK YOU”…BUCKS MC CARES!… On October 31, 1972, The Bucks Motorcycle Club was established in New Hope, Pennsylvania as an organization that would foster a fraternal atmosphere and provide opportunities […]
  • Letter From The President – 2nd Quarter 2012 - From Louis Licitra, President Dear Friends, We are now well into 2012 and hoping for a great summer for everyone. FACT is excited about adding two more members to our all-volunteer board of directors. Janis Richards and Cora Berke have recently been appointed and I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome them. Where’s the “INFACT” […]
  • FACT at Shad Fest 2012 - FACT Bucks County once again took part in the 2012 Shad Fest in Lambertville, NJ.  “This is a great event for FACT to participate in and allows us to distribute information to local residents and visitors” states Louis Licitra, President of FACT. Information on upcoming BINGO events and the 2012 AIDS Walk was available.  Donations were accepted and […]
  • 2012 New Hope & Lambertville AIDS Walk – Save The Date - Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual New Hope/Lambertville AIDS Walk sponsored by FACT Bucks County on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  Friends, families, kids, parents, couples, singles—over 500 Walkers–from each and every part of our community have raised more than $550,000 to date.  Our goal this year:  $100,000 +. Walk With Us.  You’ll Be Amazed At What […]