"People are not going in to get treatment, people still lack access to care," said Tashina Okorie, director of community health training alliance for Philadelphia Fight.
She says that while many believe that the AIDS epidemic is over, there is a lack of education and a plethora of stigma.
So the goal of AIDS Education Month is to dispel myths and provide details on testing, prevention and access to health care.
"Access to PrEP and access to just medication, so you can take care of your health," Okorie said.
On Tuesday, hundreds will attend the HIV Prevention and Education Summit at the Pennsylvania Convention Center that will feature dozens of workshops.
"Around HIV prevention, around hepatitis C treatment, around behavioral health matters," she said.
Later in the month, there's a community cookout and workshop on how to teach others about HIV.
Okorie, who is HIV positive and contracted the disease during her marriage, says the more people who teach others about HIV, the more it reduces the stigma and empowers those living with it to disclose.
"Transparency is healing and so sharing your story to the larger community says you can still live your life," she added.
For details on all of the events scheduled during AIDS education month, visit aidseducationmonth.org.