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What’s New With MPox & HIV?

Jul 1, 2023

MPox Community Event At Bonham Exchange With White House Guest Speaker.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio AIDS Foundation, in collaboration with taste of science San Antonio, welcomes White House National MPox Response Deputy Coordinator, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to the Bonham Exchange on July 12th from 6:30pm-9:00pm.The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is excited to collaborate with taste of science San Antonio to provide MPox vaccines to the San Antonio community. Hosted by The Bonham Exchange, San Antonio’s premier LGBTQ+ hotspot for over 30 years, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and taste of science San Antonio will welcome White House National MPox Response Deputy Coordinator Dr. Demetre Daskalakis for a special presentation on the state of the MPox outbreak and HIV. Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC Director of HIV Prevention, was appointed to lead the White House response to the MPox outbreak last year.

“We are excited to join taste of science SA in welcoming Dr. Demetre to share his expertise on MPox and HIV with our San Antonio community,” said Dr. Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, CEO of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. “SAAF will be providing MPox vaccinations to help prevent new diagnoses of MPox.”


The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is the first community-based organization created in response to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in San Antonio. SAAF envisions a community where people living with HIV will thrive free of stigma and discrimination and positive sexual health is a reality for all. Our mission is to reduce new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by providing equitable access to education, prevention, and sexual healthcare and improving the health and quality of life of people living with HIV or AIDS. SAAF was founded in 1986 as a volunteer-run hospice by Robert Edwards, known as Papa Bear. In 1991, SAAF moved to its present facility on 818 E. Grayson Street, a former nursing home. SAAF provided residential nursing/hospice services for almost 30 years to thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS.To learn more about the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, visit or call Khalen Garcia, Director of Communications and Development, at 225-4715, ext. 186.


Taste of science is a nationwide festival and event series created to feed your curiosity. “Most people have never met a scientist and they may be bombarded with conflicting information in the media” says national director Dr. Parmvir Bahia, “so we wanted to create a space for them to learn about science directly, by bringing researchers to their favorite spaces, whether that be a café, bar or local library”. taste of science events have been held in more than 20 cities across the US, including our very own San Antonio.taste of science San Antonio hopes to foster a science passion across all generations by bringing science professionals out of their laboratories and into San Antonian’s backyards! Janay Hawkins, one of the San Antonio city coordinators says “We want our community to feel as though science is accessible and that they don’t have to work in a lab to experience and learn what science has to offer. Science is for everyone!”Learn more about our upcoming events on our website: and follow us on social media with the handle @tasteofsciSA. Join us to hear more from your friendly neighborhood scientists!

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