Since opening its doors in 1986 to serve North Texans during the AIDS crisis, AIDS Arms has been an important part of the Dallas gay community through its support and treatment of thousands of people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Over three decades, together we’ve seen a lot of change, including advancements in the way HIV is prevented and treated.
Tonight, at the agency’s office in Oak Cliff, we witnessed one of the organization’s biggest changes of all – a new name.
AIDS Arms is now Prism Health North Texas.
“HIV treatment has improved over the last 30 years, to such a degree that today the focus is less on AIDS and more on the prevention and treatment of HIV,” said Dr. John Carlo, Prism’s CEO in the announcement press release.
“The name Prism Health reflects the broad array of services we provide, as well as the diversity we see in the needs of the community, and the people we serve,” he added.
It seems that the name is not really a change in the organization’s direction, but rather allowing the name to catch up to the breadth of important work they’ve already been doing for years, which includes outreach and education, testing (HIV, syphilis & hepatitis C), counseling, support/social groups, research and high-quality medical care at its two Dallas clinics, Trinity-Oak Cliff and Peabody-South Dallas.
The organization’s long-time signature fundraiser, LifeWalk, will retain its name. LifeWalk is Dallas’ largest and longest running AIDS walk. Last year, the walk and festival raised more than half a million dollars.
More info about Prism is available on their new site, prismhealthntx.org.
On a personal note – Thank you, Dr. Carlo and Tori Hobbs, for the kind words at tonight’s unveiling. It’s been an honor to work with you over the past year to help set this new path for an organization that has been beloved to me since coming out in 1994. AIDS Arms – now Prism Health North Texas – and Lifewalk hold a special place in my heart, as do you. Thank you for everything that you do to help fight HIV and make the lives better for those living with it.