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DEC07

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


DEC02

We Need Your Voice - Register for AIDSWatch!

We need your voice to help Congress recognize the possibility of ending the AIDS epidemic and the importance of the resources, policies, and programs necessary to ensure that HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services are widely available. Join hundreds of other advocates and register for AIDSWatch! Combined, our voices, stories, and passion, will get us closer to ending the epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, December 02, 2016


DEC01

Reflections on World AIDS Day 2016

Today, another World AIDS Day will come and go, just like the many before it. While we are 35 years into this epidemic – perhaps because we are 35 years into this epidemic – it is more important than ever to take the time to observe World AIDS Day, and reflect on what it truly means.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, December 01, 2016


NOV21

Revolutionary Love, A Daily Practice, A Movement of Solidarity: The Many Meanings of Harm Reduction

Harm reduction work is happening every day in communities across the world. Every two years, hundreds of these community leaders come together to address the most urgent issues facing the harm reduction movement at the National Harm Reduction Conference. This year, I was incredibly lucky to attend the conference in San Diego to learn more about harm reduction in its many forms—as a theory, a practice, a community, and a movement.

Posted By: Emmett Patterson, Program Associate & Trainer, AIDS United - Monday, November 21, 2016


NOV10

HIV Advocates Face Challenges New & Old After Stunning US Elections

As HIV advocates, many of us went into Tuesday's election laboring under the belief that they would soon be dealing with a new administration led by a woman who had a track record of working to end the HIV epidemic for more than 20 years. Instead, we are faced with a President-elect who has campaigned on the promise of repealing the Affordable Care Act and had no HIV/AIDS policy as part of his campaign. The coming years will most assuredly be tough ones, but experience tells us that we have the strength to persevere through them.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 10, 2016


NOV09

The Future of Our Movement

AIDS United will work together with our members, partners, and grantees; and we expect to work with the new Congress and the administration. We will work with all of you to ensure the rights and dignity of all people are respected, protected, and advanced. We will work to ensure that the federal response to HIV continues to be robust, evidence-based, and steeped in social justice.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr. Interim President & CEO AIDS United - Wednesday, November 09, 2016


NOV04

Race for the White House: HIV is Invisible but Election Outcome will be Real

Rarely in the 240 year history of America have the choices for President contrasted so starkly on such a wide array of issues. Among those issues, health care has undoubtedly been one of the most contentious and vitally important, even if that wasn't always reflected in the media's coverage of the race. For people living with HIV, the differences between the two candidates can be especially impactful. It is crucial that people living HIV make themselves aware of the candidates' positions when it comes to their health & well being so that they can make informed decisions when exercising their right to vote.

Posted By: Ronald Johnson, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, AIDS United - Friday, November 04, 2016


NOV04

What We Talk About When We Talk About Substance Use Disorders

For far too long, outdated and stigmatizing language has dominated the way that we as a society talk about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. While they may sound harmless enough, terms like "substance abuse" and referring to urinalysis results as "clean" or "dirty" can foster negative stereotypes and hamper the ability of professionals to effectively work with their clients while also lowering the self-esteem of the person who is using drugs. However, with the Office of National Drug Control Policy releasing a new document that emphasizes the need for person-first language, could that paradigm finally be shifting?

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Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 04, 2016


NOV02

Celebrating the Legacy of AmeriCorps

The legacy of the AIDS United AmeriCorps program demonstrates that anyone can make change. Seemingly small actions like taking extra the time during a counseling session to answer questions, organizing a community cleanup, or simply lending an ear can have a profound effect on both AmeriCorps members and the people and community they serve. Multiply this by almost one thousand members over 20+ years and these individual actions have created a movement.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager, AIDS United - Wednesday, November 02, 2016


OCT28

As STD Rates Soar, Prevention Spending Cuts Continue to Loom Large

The results of the 2015 STD Surveillance Report that was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control were staggering, but not shocking. With Congress failing to provide a single funding increase for STD programs over the last 13 years and over half of all state and local STD programs being subject to large budget cuts, it's shouldn't come as a surprise that we are now seeing the highest number of combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis ever recorded in the United States. With the Senate proposing a further $5 million cut to the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, must things continue to get worse before action is taken?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 28, 2016



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