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I hear the word community often, but at Empodérate! it has taken on a concrete, meaningful form. Community provides support, acceptance, and the strength to combat HIV and stigma. Community is crucial to well-being, and this year I am finding that both personally and through my AmeriCorps service.

Posted By: Anna Persmark, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Guest Blog: Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV Over Age 50

From establishing America’s first HIV/AIDS support group for older adults, to igniting changes in national policy, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) leads the fight against this epidemic in the aging community. On this National HIV/Aging Awareness Day, 50% of Americans living with HIV will be over 50. With graying demographics—and adults over 50 accounting for one in six new diagnoses—that number is projected to soar to 70% by 2020. As ACRIA’s research shows, older adults with HIV have higher rates of depression, struggle with more comorbidities, and lack robust support networks to enable them to age with dignity and respect. Social isolation, higher rates of poverty, and a lack of access to culturally competent health care compound the problem. What is most upsetting about these age-related disparities? Older adults living with HIV are more likely to be diagnosed later, too often when the virus has progressed to AIDS.

Posted By: Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Government Relations, SAGE - Friday, September 18, 2015


AIDS United: Making the Promise a Reality

For almost three decades, AIDS United has supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected people, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South, people struggling with substance abuse, those living in poverty, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, July 16, 2015


Team Atlanta Makes it Cool to Care about HIV Prevention

These events were eye opening for us because we were able to really get into the community and converse with other young people face-to-face. There is a great need for the HIV testing and counseling services we provide, and personally speaking, I think the students appreciated that we’re not just professionals; we’re their peers too. We’re at similar points in our lives, and we’re able to connect with them as young people who care about our health and our community. In essence, we make it cool to care!

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Wednesday, June 03, 2015


A Conversation with Jennifer Sinkfield, AmeriCorps Alum

I have been surrounded by women empowerment and education my entire life. My mother is a women empowerment leader. She spent a lot of time working in domestic violence and helping women when my sister and I were growing up. Being exposed to that, I have gravitated towards working with and empowering women myself.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Friday, March 13, 2015


Applauding Our Sheroes

Through our work at AIDS United, we have the opportunity to work with amazing Sheros, and to commemorate the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), we called upon these leaders to share what this day means to them. The AIDS United Shero Series – Highlighting Women Making a Difference in the Field, featured a week’s worth of blogs from amazing women who make a difference every day, which echoed the importance of bringing attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in the United States.

Posted By: Angela Knudson, Program Manager -Retention in Care, AIDS United - Friday, March 13, 2015


Women Matter

In the United States, one in four people living with HIV are women. Of these women, two out of three are Black. HIV affects all of us. Understanding the overall effect of HIV on society, especially as a Black Woman, motivates me to work in the fight and add to the momentum of change. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of woman’s health and spotlight the need for HIV prevention and treatment services for women.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Friday, March 13, 2015


The Tidal Wave of HIV is in Front of Us, Not Behind Us, and it is Full of Girls

I have been an advocate for women with HIV for more than two decades now. I’m not entirely sure how it happened. I know why it happened though. I started finding my voice because I needed information. I wanted answers. I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and I didn’t know another woman in the world with HIV. That seems strange, almost laughable now. In a world where women and girls bear more than half of the HIV infections globally, I am only one, but I am most certainly not alone.

Posted By: Dawn Averitt, Founder and Emeritus Board Member, The Well Project - Thursday, March 12, 2015


Our Partners…Our Inspirations…

One of our favorite women spent over two months in the hospital, incredibly sick and undiagnosed because doctors didn't think to test her for HIV (perhaps because she is a woman, African-American, professional, or all of the above). As she lay dying, doctors eventually tested her and learned that she was living with HIV/AIDS. Despite a bleak diagnosis at that time, she is thriving today and a leading advocate for women living with HIV/AIDS in our community. She is our partner and our inspiration.

Posted By: Lauren Banks, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer, AIDS Alabama Dafina M. Ward, JD, Chief Prevention Officer, AIDS Alabama - Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Breaking Down Stigma—I Care About HIV/AIDS

I am not HIV positive. But I care. In fact, I think it is vitally important for all of us to care about the well-being of those that are living with HIV/AIDS. After all, we care about people with cancer. We care about people with Alzheimer's and diabetes. But a stigma remains when it comes to HIV and AIDS.

Posted By: Gail T. Crockett, AIDS United Board of Directors - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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