Sylvia Britt (left) and actor Wilson Cruz.
Sylvia Britt (left) and actor Wilson Cruz.

Sylvia Britt Wins National “HIV HERO!” Award

Sylvia Britt (left) and actor Wilson Cruz.

Sylvia Britt, a HIV Wellness Navigator at Summit Hospital East Bay AIDS center in Oakland, has been named a national “HIV Hero!” in a nationwide contest to identify heroes who help victims fight HIV in their communities every day.
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick, actor Wilson Cruz, movie director Dustin Lance Black, author Malaak Compton-Rock and HIV advocacy leader David Munar. Essays were submitted by either the winner or someone in the winner’s community.
An HIV patient herself, Britt is a peer advocate for women with HIV/AIDS. She is actively engaged in local, statewide and national policy and advocacy for women with HIV and serves on the Kaiser Permanente HIV Advisory Board.
Britt has helped many women with HIV, including refugees from all over the world with no family or community to stand by them. She serves on the leadership committee for the 2012 WORLD International Aids Conference and was recently honored with a college scholarship in her name.
California has the second highest incidence of HIV in the U.S. San Francisco is the third highest city in the country with the most reported cases of HIV. There is an ongoing need to raise awareness about HIV. and one way to do that is to celebrate individuals who fight HIV in their communities every day.
For more information, and to see the winning essay written about Sylvia Britt, visit www.HIVHeroes.com. Bristol-Myers Squibb sponsored the contest.