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Guest Blog: Building a Harm Reduction Community in Rural Colorado

At the Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project, we work in the small mountain towns of Clear Creek County, Colorado, creating and maintaining relationships with injection drug users. We are a three-person volunteer grass-roots organization, handing out supplies donated to us in bulk, and depending on word of mouth to reach new clients. We act in response to simple, stark need: our county has no rooted health services and no efficient way to address injection drug use.

Posted By: Susan Purchase & Elizabeth Stuart, Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project - Friday, October 21, 2016


Bandage It or Blow It Up? Clinton & Trump Offer Differing Health Care Plans During Debate

During a 2nd presidential debate that was largely defined by the scandals that preceded it, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump found the time to share their plans on how to improve the nation's health care system. With approaches that reflected the tone and tenor of their campaigns along with the platforms of their respective parties, the candidates tried to convince voters to buy into their vision for the future of health care reform in America.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: Unity in Diversity

Every year at the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people living in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain and Latin America, we commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This brief article from Luis Scaccabarrozzi of The Latino Commission on AIDS shows the diversity and strength of the Hispanic/Latinx community in the United States while also shining a light on the unique challenges faced by leaders of the Latinx community, community based organizations, health departments, and elected officials in working to end the AIDS epidemic within the Latinx community.

Posted By: Luis Scaccabarrozzi, MPH, Senior Director of Health Policy, Latino Commission on AIDS - Friday, October 14, 2016


The NIH & CDC Expand Initiatives To Address HIV In Transgender Communities

For far too long, transgender people have been disproportionately affected by HIV and yet there is a distinct lack of reliable HIV surveillance data for transgender populations. With the NIH formally designating sexual and gender minorities as a disparity population for research purposes and the CDC recently issuing a brief outlining the importance of the transgender community in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the attention and resources devoted to research around HIV and transgender people will increase.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


This Isn't Just Research, It's Our Lives: Centering Trans Stories In HIV Treatment & Prevention

Data can tell a meaningful story, one that elicits understanding and creates an empathetic response to those who experience the world differently. It is well past time for the scientific community to start prioritizing HIV research specific to transgender people so that our stories can be heard.

Posted By: Emmett Patterson, Program Associate & Trainer - Friday, October 14, 2016


Maintaining the Balance: Lessons from Peer Evaluators

Since the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, peers have played critical roles in providing care for people affected by HIV, advocating for policy change to improve services, and helping people at high risk for the disease to develop life-saving risk-reduction skills. In the summer of 2015, I visited all five of the RiC grantees who used peers to conduct evaluation activities and conducted 20 qualitative interviews with peers and their program managers. While our findings from this study will be shared soon in the webinar “Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Evaluation and Data Collection” and in peer-reviewed journals, here are some highlights from the interviews.

Posted By: Mary Hawk, DrPH, LSW, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - Monday, October 10, 2016


Substance Over Style: The Vice Presidential Debate & Why The Need For HIV Discussion Is Greater Than Ever

Those who turned into Tuesday Night's Vice Presidential Debate looking for sober, detailed discussion of policy issues came away less than satisfied as Tim Kaine and Mike Pence seemed content to spend much of the evening their opposition than laying out specific plans for their administrations. At a time when the nature of both healthcare and the HIV/AIDS epidemic is changing at a substantial rate, Americans deserve debates that focus on public health policy more than they do partisan jousting.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 07, 2016


We No Longer Carry the Burden

I have been living with HIV for over seven years, and this year I attended USCA for the first time. As I prepared for USCA, I couldn’t help but think about how moving this was going to be for me, not only as a person living with HIV, but as a volunteer mentor to newly positive people and as a member of the DC Metro Ryan White Planning Council. I just didn’t quite realize how moving this would all be and that this conference happened to me at the right time in my personal and professional life.

Posted By: Julio Fonseca, Program Manager - Monday, October 03, 2016


Congress Ekes Out Funding Compromise

Well past the 11th hour, Congress managed to once again cobble together a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running for the next 10 weeks. While the measure passed with bipartisan support, potential conflict waits in the wings with many funding priorities such as money to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan simply kicked down the road. Next up is determining whether or not to fund the 11 remaining appropriations bills for FY 2017 in an omnibus bill or a series of smaller, "minibuses".

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 30, 2016


HUD Releases Final Rule on Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Individuals & Housing Discrimination

Among the many barriers that transgender and gender nonconforming individuals face, those that block them from finding stable housing are some of the biggest. With the release of their final rule on the issue, HUD hopes to reduce and eventually eliminate discrimination against transgender & gender nonconforming people with regards to housing and shelter access, a move that could have a large impact on HIV prevention, treatment, and health outcomes.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 30, 2016

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