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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


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


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


Client-Centered Counseling Works!

I recently started my AIDS United AmeriCorps service year at Howard Brown Health Center as a Clinic-Based Health Educator. I provide HIV testing and counseling and help clients find safer sex methods that work for them. To put it simply, I talk about sex - a lot! Many of the clients I see are engaging in sexual activities that I do not have experience with. Not having personal experience in a certain area can make it difficult to discuss applicable risk reduction methods, so it is important to allow the client to guide the conversation and maybe even educate the educator.

Posted By: Glenn Corregano, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Chicago - Monday, October 05, 2015


Resilience and Hope in the Decade after Katrina

What is “home”? Asking this question, we often get responses in platitudes such as “home is where the heart is.” People on the Gulf Coast however, cannot think of home without equating it with Hurricane Katrina because it’s exactly what the storm took from them. It has been a decade since the storm but even now, too many people remain displaced. While much of the New Orleans metro area has been rebuilt, an estimated 100,000 or more New Orleanians have not been able to return home. Some haven’t had the means to come home, while others have returned to an unrecognizable place where home once was.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Look Out, It’s the Sex Police

As an AIDS Funding Collaborative/AIDS United AmeriCorps member serving with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, my role in the fight for an AIDS-free generation is quite comprehensive. Beyond providing testing and prevention outreach and education, I also work closely with our team of Disease Intervention Specialists, or DIS officials for short. Sometimes they’re called the “health care bounty hunters,” sometimes the “sex police,” but to me, Cleveland’s DIS officials are public health heroes.

Posted By: Josh Kratz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team Cleveland - Friday, September 25, 2015


Seeing the Unseen: Life Beyond the Capitol

What a year! As my fellow Washington, D.C. AIDS United AmeriCorps teammates move on to graduate school, new jobs, and glorious journeys I look back on a year of service with much gratitude. Our year culminated on June 17th with an award ceremony for our long-term project, DC UnSeen: Life Beyond the Capitol. Our aim for the project was to give clients from eight of our host agencies the chance to show greater-DC their life through the lens of camera. With 75 participants, over 1,000 photos, and a generous amount of prize money fundraised, we were able to host two pop-up events around the city and celebrate the participants’ work with a glorious final event.

Posted By: Joseph Caldwell, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team DC - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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