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2016 AFH Annual Report

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Shelby Hodge Award Honors Refillable PrEP Implant Research

Alessandro Grattoni, Ph.D.

Each year at the World AIDS Day Luncheon, AFH awards the Shelby Hodge Vision Award to an individual or organization that exhibits extraordinary vision in addressing HIV/AIDS. This year the honor will be go to the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and the Department of Nanomedicine at this year’s World AIDS Day Luncheon. Alessandro Grattoni, Ph.D.will be accepting the award for his work on a refillable implant that administers Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to subjects at risk of HIV-exposure. Grattoni is an Assistant Professor of Nanomedicine and the chair of the Department of Nanomedicine.

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  World AIDS Day Luncheon keynote speaker Sean Strub (l) and event co-chairs Ernie Manouse (c) and Bill Baldwin (r).

Author and long-time HIV activist Sean Strub will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 World AIDS Day Luncheon. Sean was a member of ACT-UP New York in the 1980s and is the founder of POZ magazine. He is currently the director of the SERO Project. Sean is the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival. He will hold a signing of the book at Brazos Bookstore as part of the World AIDS Day commemoration. The book will be available for purchase at the luncheon and the signing will take place immediately following the luncheon. AFH is immensely grateful to Brazos bookstore for organizing the signing event!

Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse are back to co-chair our World AIDS Day Luncheon for 2016. Bill is the owner and broker of Boulevard Realty and is a humble servant leader of several Houston’s civic organizations. Ernie is a seven-time Emmy award winning host and producer on PBS who dedicates tremendous time and expertise in support of the arts, education, and equality in the city.

This year’s luncheon, generously presented by Chevron, will be held on Thursday, December 1st at Hilton Houston Post Oak. There will be a VIP champagne reception starting at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon. Last year’s luncheon welcomed over 400 attendees that included our keynote speaker, Pam Grier, State Senator John Whitmire, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Alma Allen, State Representative Gene Wu, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker, Vice Mayor Pro Temp Jerry Davis, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Carolyn Farb, Diane Caplan, Edward Sanchez, KPRC’s Frank Billingsley, Richard Ray, Gordon Bethune, Jessica Rossman, Michael Pearce and Matt Burress, Joni Baird, Travis Torrence, and Dr. Stephen Frangos. Numerous corporate sponsors supported the event as well, including Chevron, Boulevard Realty, Marathon Oil, Subaru of America, Kroger, BBVA Compass, CKP, ExxonMobil, H.E.B, Randall's Food Markets, Silver Eagle Distributors, Voluntary Insurance Products, and Walgreen's.

Tickets are on sale now!

See photos from last year's VIP reception and luncheon on our Facebook page!


Guava Lamp World AIDS Day Event Features Gabe LaDuke


Join Guava Lamp in a World AIDS Day Festival and Fundraiser benefiting AFH!

Special appearance by international male model Gabe LaDuke along with food, vendors, and fun to help raise money to help those affected by HIV/AIDS and to help prevent new HIV infections.

AFH will be there conducting FREE confidential HIV & syphilis testing starting at 7 pm.

VENDORS and Volunteers: Please email if you would like more information on how to volunteer or if you would like to be a vendor during the event.

Come hear SERO Project Executive Director Sean Strub speak at the AIDS Foundation Houston World AIDS Day Luncheon and then spend the evening at Guava Lamp with Gabe!

The Art of Living


Michael* came to AFH jobless, homeless, HIV+, and struggling to survive. He moved into one of our housing facilities where he slowly began to recover. As his health improved, his sense of self and a connection with his talents returned as well. Earlier this year, with his self-esteem restored, he courageously decided to venture back into professional life. Imagine our joy when Michael delivered the following message to our housing program staff this past summer:

“I will no longer be needing your assistance in the form of housing services due to my recent acquisition of a new job out of state...I appreciate all the help you have given me and promise that as soon as I am able will pay your kindness forward in the form of a donation to your program.”

Today, Michael is the Program Director for a prestigious arts organization in a major American city. His success is proof that HIV/AIDS is no match for a unified and supportive community willing to stand up for the dignity and value of every person, regardless of his or her HIV status.

Michael's story is an example of the outcomes we can achieve with your support. Our Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 seeks to build upon this success by focusing on four core areas:

1. Excellence in Programming
2. Partnerships
3. Innovation in Funding
4. Demonstrated Outcomes

Learn more in the 2016 Annual Report (PDF file. Adobe Reader required).

Donate today to help others like Michael.

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*Name changed to protect anonymity.

Join The COS!


What is the COS?

The COS (Circle Of Service) is a network of service providers that provide education and training to formerly homeless individuals, families and young adults ages 18–24 yrs. If you are an organization that would like to join the COS and provide education and trainings to AIDS Foundation Houston clients, please contact Necole Moore, Program Coordinator at 713-623-6796 x 293 or

Download the COS program flyer to learn more!

For more information on how you can help us eradicate HIV/AIDS and get to ZERO, become a sponsor!


AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.

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