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HIV Infection Numbers Drop For First Time in Decades, But Not Everyone Benefits

With the latest CDC study on HIV incidence, there's good new and bad news. The good news is that for the first time since the mid-1990s, the official estimate of annual HIV infections in the United States has decreased notably. The bad news is that it didn't decrease for everybody.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 17, 2017


Standing Up for His Rights: Achim Howard

Achim Jeremiah Howard is many things. He is a trans advocate, mentor, construction worker, minister at Bethel Christian Church, and music lover. Since learning that he is living with HIV in 2010, Achim has become incredibly active in his community as a mentor to other trans men. Three years ago, he founded DC Trans Men Rising, Inc, to create a safe space to talk about HIV and other issues. I was privileged to speak with Achim to learn more about his motivations, experiences, and work with DC Trans Rising.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, February 16, 2017


Congress Watch: Cabinet Confirmations & Stalled Appropriations

Another week, another flurry of controversial confirmation votes, budgetary developments and debate around the future of our nation's health care. From Vice President Pence casting the tie breaking vote in the controversial confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using Senate procedure to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, this past week in Congress certainly wasn't devoid of drama.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, February 09, 2017


What Motivated Me to Become an HIV Advocate: A Conversation with Brenda Simmons

Brenda Simmons has been an HIV advocate for almost 30 years. She is deeply engaged in her Chicago community, and works as an outreach specialist at the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project. She’s currently gearing up to attend AIDSWatch, nation’s largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. I caught up with Ms. Simmons to learn more about her and what fuels her advocacy.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, February 09, 2017


Creating Change Takes Action

We can no longer say that this isn’t our fight. Because we are all in this together. Giving up and resigning ourselves to a ‘wait and see’ approach doesn’t make us pragmatic—it makes us apathetic. We can all create change, but change requires action. What are you willing to fight for?

Posted By: Cody Barnett, Director of Communications - Thursday, February 02, 2017


Breaking Down Barriers to HIV Care

We have the tools to keep people living with HIV healthy and virally suppressed, but here in the US, fewer than half of people living with HIV are taking antiretroviral medications, with only about a third virally suppressed. Looking closer, these rates are even lower among some underserved populations, such as transgender women of color, people living in poverty, and people who are unstably housed. To change that, we set off to find strategies to counter some of our country’s most stubborn barriers to HIV care, such as lack of transportation, housing instability, poverty, HIV stigma, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, January 27, 2017


Meet Jesse Milan, Jr – AIDS United’s New President & CEO

Jesse Milan, Jr. was named president & CEO of AIDS United on November 28, 2016. Milan is a 30-year HIV/AIDS advocate and nationally recognized leader and speaker on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. A person living with HIV for over three decades, Mr. Milan’s record of thought leadership and service spans regional, national, and global arenas. I sat down with Mr. Milan to learn more about what motivates him to do this work and what he looks forward to in the New Year.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, January 13, 2017


Sessions’ History and America’s Future

Even among the slew of controversial cabinet nominations put forth by President elect Donald Trump, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions stands out. The former US attorney certainly isn't lacking for the resume of an Attorney General upon first glance. However, his poor record on civil rights and history of unconscionable positions on domestic violence, hate crime prevention, immigration mean that any extended scrutiny of his past reveals a man of questionable fitness to be an impartial arbiter of the law for all Americans, as this week's confirmation hearings revealed.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 13, 2017


Building Community in Rural Virginia: An Interview with Kim Williams

Most people living with HIV served by the University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic live in rural communities and travel a significant distance to get to and from the clinic. In addition to the distance they must travel to receive care, most patients face additional barriers to care such as HIV stigma, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, intimate partner violence, or poverty. To better support their patients’ well-being and ability to stay in care, the University of Virginia created a smartphone app, Positive Links. This app supports people living with HIV by providing a virtual community, tools to help track adherence and wellness behaviors, educational resources, and more. I was privileged to be able to speak with Kim Williams, a grandmother, poet, and patient of University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic about her experiences with the Positive Links app.

Posted By: Melissa Werner, Senior Program Manager - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Holding Safe Space for LGBTQ Youth in Alabama

The Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a project of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO), is a supportive and affirming space for LGBTQ youth. In 2013, BAO adopted LGBTQ issues into its mission statement, and a year later, MCAC became Birmingham’s first direct-service provider to LGBTQ youth. We also offer HIV testing, education and body-positive sexual wellness workshops to help address the high HIV/STI rates for queer southern youth.

Posted By: Lauren Jacobs, Youth Outreach Coordinator and Amanda Keller, Director of LGBTQ Programs, Magic City Acceptance Center - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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