ACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, hosted the ACRIA Love Heals Luncheon on June 19th. The luncheon celebrated the Love Heals Center for Youth & Families, which is housed at GMHC, the world’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.

The Love Heals Center provides comprehensive, science-based sexual health education for girls and women, to educate them on HIV prevention and help individuals living in communities that have been heavily impacted by HIV, unintended pregnancies, and STIs to develop leadership skills.

ACRIA has done important work to prevent and educate people on HIV and AIDS through research and community outreach. Through Love Heals, they are the largest provider of HIV and sexual health education in New York City schools, and their work has improved lives and empowered young women to educate themselves and others to stay safe and healthy.

The luncheon was a beautiful celebration of the work ACRIA and Love Heals have done for HIV/AIDS prevention. It was held at the Times Square EDITION Hotel in their garden terrace with food provided by the hotel’s restaurant. The meal was excellent, but even more excellent was the community of women in attendance. The space was filled with conversations about pride and empowerment, and there was a desire in the air to support an organization that is dedicated to education and empowering young women.

You can join the fight to end HIV and AIDS with ACRIA and the Love Heals Center, learn how you can help out here.