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Annual Truax Awards ceremony honors individuals, groups working in HIV/AIDS services

Teresa Oyos won this year’s top honors at the Dr. A. Brad Truax Award ceremony held on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The annual reception honors local individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Currently a senior staff member in the University of California, San Diego HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP), Oyos has been working in HIV and AIDS service organizations for over 24 years.

“She’s a dedicated and tireless advocate for the needs of underserved communities impacted by HIV and AIDS,” said Tim Smith, 2010 Brad Truax Award winner. “Teresa spent over two decades fighting for human rights and dignity within the HIV community [and] has used her professional and personal expertise to link the substance abuse treatment community with the HIV community.”

The San Diego County HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch of the Health and Human Services Agency sponsors the ceremony, and Terry Cunningham, the agency’s chief, oversaw the Dec. 1 event, which was held at The LGBT Center in Hillcrest.

Upon receiving the award, Oyos highlighted her roots in HIV outreach and prevention, saying she started by “hitting the streets” to contact people addicted to drugs and their partners.

Read the full story in Gay San Diego, an SDGLN media partner, HERE.