Florida AIDS Walk Still Taking Donations for a few weeks! We Walked March 19th!

We partnered again this year with our Board Member Dr. Elie Schochet’s group “Happy Hineys” for the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival on Sunday March 19th. Our Team, “Happy Hineys / World AIDS Museum,” raised more than $53,000! The Happy Hineys name was created as Dr. Schochet is a colorectal surgeon and has helped many people to ensure their hiney is happy! WAM has been in operation since May 14th of 2014 and we have made great progress educating the community. We are teaching HIV Education courses at Broward County Schools in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area and we are hoping to expand our education this year with additional funding.

HIV/AIDS has been a part of our world for well over thirty years now, but did you know HIV can be traced back to 1908!? The HIV Crisis is far from over, especially in Florida. Your support has never been more vital to the cause than it is today!

Click here! Thank you!

Steve Stagon, Founder World AIDS Museum & Educational Center & WAM Board Member


2017 Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival Happy Hiney's and the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center

Larry Kramer Praises World AIDS Museum

Noted author, activist, and co-founder of ACT-UP enjoyed a tour of the World AIDS Museum on March 9th and held a book signing for his latest work, The American People.


#NWGHAAD was March 6 Women/Girls/HIV/AIDS

Nineteen percent of people living with HIV in the United States are women (down from about 25% in 2014!) according to the CDC. Most of these diagnoses are attributed  to heterosexual sex. While HIV diagnoses in women are down, more than 7,000 women were diagnosed HIV+ in the most recent year statistics were available. Testing leads to treatment which reduces infection rates.

Having lost her uncle to the disease when she was younger, Pressly is helping continue the conversation about HIV/AIDS on a national scale. She’s also participating in the CDC’s Act Against AIDS “Doing It” campaign to help normalize HIV testing in the United States. The hope is to make testing part of every American’s health routine.”  Read more at BELLA New York


Celebrating the Life and Spirit of Patrick Joyce

Join us for a memorial celebration honoring Patrick Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:00pm at The W Club in Wilton Station, 1201 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. RSVP required to montanajoep@att.net.


Celebrating Patrick Joyce


AHF’s “Keep the Promise Concert & March” for #NBHAAD

“In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) partnered with Mount Olive Development Corporation in Fort Lauderdale to present the Keep The Promise (KTP) Concert & March to create greater awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and encourage the community to answer the “call to action” in addressing the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic….

According to most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African Americans account for 12% of the U.S. population, but account for 45% of new HIV cases across the United States. Florida ranks #1 in the nation of newly diagnosed HIV cases with Miami/Dade and Broward counties ranking top in the state of newly diagnosed HIV cases…”  Read more here.

2017 HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

POZ 2017 Awareness Days posterPOZ Magazine has printed it’s annual HIV/AIDS awareness days poster as a fold-out in it’s Jan/Feb 2017 print edition. The poster is a tool to “help to educate the public in general and specific groups in particular about HIV/AIDS. Since the virus affects people from all walks of life, awareness days have increased over the years.” We have marked these days on our calendar and suggest other HIV/AIDS organizations do the same.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

WAM CEO Hugh Beswick

WAM CEO Hugh Beswick sings the praises of our volunteers.

On December 30, 2016, WAM board members, staff and volunteers enjoyed dinner and conversation with guest Jack Mackenroth. Click image for the gallery!

World AIDS Day Vigil 2016 Video Presented by WILTON LIVE (wiltonlive.com)

Sky Palmer of WILTON LIVE  attended the World AIDS Day Remembrance Walk & Vigil in Wilton Manors, presented by Broward House. She interviewed event organizers and participants, including our very own Ed Sparan who has attended events like this since the 1980s (and made it to this one despite a flat tire). Ed and many others give both personal and enlightening testimonials. Thank you, WILTON LIVE, for this coverage.



Saving Grace Opening Slideshow

We are very happy to share a photo slideshow from the opening of Saving Grace: HIV/AIDS in the Black Community. This very special event opened to an enthusiastic audience at the Old Dillard Museum in the Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.  More pictures: click here.

We Invite You to Become a Charter Club Member!

About the Charter Club:


All levels of membership give stakeholders like you a significant opportunity to ensure the Museum’s present success and continued healthy growth into the future.

As a Charter Club member, your automatic, monthly donations will support the Museum’s operating expenses, providing the ability to always remain open to the public.

With your support, the Museum’s key initiative, the High School Outreach Program, designed to inform and educate those at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS, will continue to expand throughout all of South Florida, and hopefully throughout the state…but only with your ongoing support.

Learn about the Charter Club levels, click here.

Clicking the “Join Now” button below will take you to a page where you can select one of the two payment plan options under your preferred level. If you have questions or would like to pay us over the phone, please call us at (954) 390-0550 and ask for Ed Sparan.




Charter Club Levels


Your monthly donation of $100 brings you and your spouse/partner, free entry to all functions, unlimited entry to the Museum with a guest, special mention in all publications, website, and promotional material, and first notification of special events.

A monthly donation of $50 gives you special notice in publications, half price admission to all special events, free admission for you and your spouse / partner to the Museum, and two guest passes per year for entry into the Museum, with first notification of special events.

Your monthly donation of $25 guarantees you first notification of special events, and half price entry into the Museum for you and your guest.

Your monthly donation of $10 grants you current email updates, and also first to know about upcoming events.

Clicking the “Join Now” button below will take you to a page where you can select one of the two payment plan options under your preferred level. If you have questions or would like to pay us over the phone, please call us at (954) 390-0550 and ask for Ed Sparan.


Take a Guided Tour!

The Museum offers docent-guided tours of its signature exhibit, the Chronology of AIDS. We can accommodate groups both big and small. Our Museum Manager, Ed Sparan, can make arrangements for any size. Allow at least one hour for the tour and more time to explore the art, other standing exhibits and temporary exhibits, multimedia and interactive displays.  Schedule a tour by calling Ed Sparan at the museum at (954) 390-0550.

High School Group Visit World AIDS Museum Ed Sparan

The Virtual Tapestry of Stories

Ed Sparen Tapestry screen cap

Ed Sparen

Dr. Rosalind Osgood screen cap

Dr. Rosalind

David King

David King

The Virtual Tapestry of Stories is the Museum’s audiovisual version of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. It is an interweaving of personal experiences captured in video that inspire and empower those affected by HIV/AIDS. Tapestry videos reveal the depth of impact of the myths and stigma of the disease. Tapestry fortifies our understanding of the human consequences of the pandemic. The videos were made by our collaborator, Community of Lights . You can view the complete playlist here or find it among the Created playlists on our YouTube channel.

CALL Ed Sparan at (954) 390-0550 TO SCHEDULE A FILMED INTERVIEW.