HIV-AIDS: Separating Myth from Fact


Robert Pompa
Licensed clinical social worker

Licensed clinical social worker Robert Pompa with the AIDS Activities Office separates some myths vs. facts when it comes to AIDS these days.

This morning, Charlie Sheen revealed on NBC’s Today show that he’s HIV-positive. As his story brings awareness to HIV and AIDS, it’s important to know there are still many myths and fears about the HIV virus.

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Magic Johnson left the game after his HIV diagnosis in 1991 because there were few real answers at that time in HIV history. In fact, with advances in HIV treatments, patients are living healthy, long lives and treatment is now considered…prevention.

For nearly 25 years, LVHN’s AIDS Activities Office has been at the forefront of prevention, testing and treatments. Many of our patients still face the same fears, prejudice and discrimination that stigma creates around what it is to live with HIV. Here are some facts and myths about HIV-AIDS that we’ve learned over the years. Read More »

Parkinson’s Patient and Caregiver Symposium, Saturday, Sept. 26

neuroparkAbout 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year. Managing Parkinson’s can be stressful for patients and their caregivers. But there is hope, as new medications and surgeries have surfaced in recent years that may improve quality of life and offer relief from symptoms.

Find out what’s new in Parkinson’s treatment as explained by an expert panel of physicians and medical professionals at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s 20th annual Parkinson’s Patient and Caregiver Symposium from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Kasych Family Pavilion, Rooms 6, 7 and 8.

The $14 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and educational materials. Please call 610-402-CARE by Sept. 18 to register and pay by credit card. Read More »

Are You at Risk for Kidney Disease? Get Screened Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street

kidney riskOne out of three people is at risk for kidney disease. Could that be you? Lehigh Valley Health Network and the National Kidney Foundation are teaming up to make it easy for you to find out.

A free kidney health check will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown. The event, to be held in the hospital’s Mark J. Young Community Health & Wellness Center, will include a risk survey, blood pressure check and body mass index (BMI) measurement. Free educational materials also will be available and a health care professional will be on hand to answer your questions.

The event is open to adults 18 years of age or older. Call 610-402-CARE to register or learn more. Read More »

Weight Management Center Videos Describe LVHN’s Weight-Loss Surgery Program, Surgeons and Providers

Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing experience, and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has experts and resources at our Weight Management Center to help you throughout your journey. Now there is a new way to learn about the weight-loss surgery process, support and surgeons before you make an appointment.

A new series of videos about weight-loss surgery at LVHN covers the following topics in detail to help you prepare:

  • Why choose LVHN’s Weight Management Center
  • Weight-loss surgery options available at LVHN
  • Patient qualifications
  • How to prepare for weight-loss surgery
  • Frequently asked questions about weight-loss surgery hospitalization
  • What is a Center of Excellence?
  • Plastic surgery and body contouring after weight-loss surgery

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Get the Facts About Oral Cancer; Attend Free Screening Events in April and Stop It in Its Tracks

Oral cancer often goes undetected until its later stages, making treatment more difficult. Getting screened regularly through your dentist or through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) free annual screening event may help detect oral cancer in its earliest form, when treatment is most effective.

“With any cancer, the earlier we find it, the easier it is to cure,” says Michele Pisano-Marsh, DMD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dental clinic. “Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, but the growing incidence in young people is quite alarming.”

Oral cancer often starts as a red or white patch in the mouth, or as a sore throat. When those symptoms persist or the area grows in size, it’s time to see a medical professional. Some people will experience hoarseness and other vocal changes that get worse over time, or a lump in the chin or neck. Any of these symptoms, as well as a sore on the lip or mouth that’s not healing, may be cause for concern. Read More »