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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


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 - Monday, January 09, 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


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


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


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


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


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

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