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I hear the word community often, but at Empodérate! it has taken on a concrete, meaningful form. Community provides support, acceptance, and the strength to combat HIV and stigma. Community is crucial to well-being, and this year I am finding that both personally and through my AmeriCorps service.

Posted By: Anna Persmark, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Nothing like the First Time

My day at the Damien Center started out busy and then things slowed down. I was getting ready to go home, but one more client walked in for HIV testing. I shared laughs and a joke with the client during the counseling session as we discussed HIV, how it is transmitted, and their personal risk factors. I administered the test, not expecting what was about to take place. Sure I should have expected it. After all, I am an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, serving as an HIV/STI Tester and Counselor at The Damien Center and have already performed close to 100 HIV tests.

Posted By: Imani Nunley, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis - Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Can I Count On You?

Can I count on your support to ensure the Ryan White program stays funded for the next few years, as we work out the details of Affordable Care Act implementation? Can I count on you to do everything in your power to repeal HIV criminalization laws, because they unfairly target and stigmatize people living with HIV? These are the questions I want every legislator in Congress to look me in the eyes and answer.

Posted By: Naina Khanna, US People Living with HIV Caucus Steering Committee Member, and AIDS United Trustee - Monday, November 16, 2015


Raise Your Voice – Make Change – Register for AIDSWatch 2016

We have the science to end the HIV epidemic. We just need the political will. That’s why AIDSWatch, the largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy day, is more important than ever. Last year, AIDSWatch brought together nearly 400 advocates from 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to the nation’s capital. Collectively, AIDSWatch represented states that account for 92% of the current U.S. epidemic. Advocates had 220 congressional meetings – including 70 attended by a Member of Congress – to tell their stories and educate them about important issues to people living with HIV in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President and CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Changing Hearts and Minds in my Small Town

Brothers United has immersed me into a community that I feel privileged to be a small part of. I serve closely with Brothers United’s care coordinator, making sure clients are receiving HIV and supportive services and making it as seamless as possible for the client. I’m also learning how Linkage to Care is an essential and valuable tool in retaining clients in care. I enjoy serving at Brothers United because I’m part of something bigger than myself. There is never a dull moment at Brothers United, and I wake up excited every morning to see what new and interesting things I’ll be learning that day.

Posted By: Lindsey Jobst, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis - Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Healing Women with HIV Using Trauma-Informed Care

On October 23rd the US Positive Women’s Network (PWN) organized local events across the U.S. for the second annual National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. The Day seeks to stop violence against women with HIV and support policies and programs that promote safety and healing. I was honored to attend the event in Oakland, CA and hear an amazing panel of speakers describe the urgency of the issue, and offer some strategic solutions.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, VP of Access & Innovation, AIDS United - Friday, October 30, 2015


Life Lessons Learned in Room 613

I stood frozen outside the door of room 613. After practicing my testing spiel on the way to the hospital that morning, I knew exactly what I needed to say. I could practically recite the consent form from memory. Yet, there I stood, unable to enter the patient’s room. I turned to my coworker who had been preparing me for this very moment. I told him I wasn’t ready. He assured me that I was, saying “You know what to do, now go do it. You’ll never forget the first patient.”

Posted By: Abby Carr, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis - Monday, October 26, 2015


Team Cleveland Ramps Up for Service!

Get to know Team Cleveland as they begin their AIDS United AmeriCorps journey!

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps - Team Cleveland - Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Breanna Rodriguez-Hastings

Bree was a committed AIDS United AmeriCorps Member serving in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Just three months into her service year, Bree touched the lives of many people throughout the Santa Fe community serving on the community outreach team at Southwest Care Center.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, October 16, 2015


A Conversation with Maxwell Cameron, AmeriCorps Alum

Maxwell Cameron is the Executive Director at World AIDS Day Detroit. Originally from Detroit, MI, he served as an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member in Detroit in 2009-2010. After his year of AmeriCorps service, he did fund development work with AIDS Walk Detroit, AIDS Walk San Francisco, and AIDS Walk for Life in Toronto, Canada. We caught up with Maxwell to discuss his new position at World AIDS Day Detroit and how his AmeriCorps experience has influenced his career in HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Monday, October 12, 2015

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