During this trip, students will partner with community agencies to learn about the complexities associated with HIV, AIDS, and stigma in the metro Washington and DMV areas. Through virtual interaction with our community partners, participants will examine the role of racial injustices, substance use, sex work, gender identity, people experiencing homelessness, and access to resources in relation to HIV and AIDS. Moreover, participants will begin to see stigma as a method of transmission and tool of oppression, and how relationship-building can be used to transform and heal communities.
By the end of the trip participants will understand:
1. Ways that HIV is transmitted and the differences between HIV and AIDS
2. How HIV, AIDS, and stigma affect marginalized communities in theDistrict of Columbia and Northern Virginia areas. This affects the Districtof Columbia areas the most, because young people are diagnosed withtwice the nation's rate.
3. Learn how to communicate with individuals who have chronic illnessthrough active listening and debunk the mythologies associated with HIVand AIDS
This Alternative Break experience will seek to understand how these social determinants of health create disparities that have been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how our local organizations are working to address these inequities.
Trip Leaders: Blythe Dellinger and Maanvi Vij
Learning Partner: Professor Shannyn Snyder, Global and Community Health Faculty
Video created by Blythe Dellinger, DC AB 2020