Wichita World AIDS Day

By Amy Geiszler-Jones
Monday, February 19, 2018

The KU School of Medicine — Wichita sponsored a free screening of the 2012 documentary How to Survive a Plague during a revamped Wichita World AIDS Day program on Dec. 1, 2017. Held at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, the program also included an educational health fair and a panel discussion with patients, activists and Wichita-based physicians who discussed current information regarding HIV.

As pictured above, from left to right, the panelists were: Larry Walton; Jackie Carter; Joe Cherabie, MD; Donna Sweet, MD; Alan Drew; and Carol Hughes. Dr. Cherabie is an internal medicine resident with UKSM-Wichita. Dr. Sweet, a professor and clinician with UKSM-Wichita, is known internationally for her pioneering work in treating HIV patients and educating physicians and others about the disease.

In 2016, it was estimated that more than 3,100 Kansans were living with HIV, with more than 200 of them newly diagnosed patients, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s annual HIV report.