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MAY22

New Data on HIV Among MSM: Better Knowledge. Better Response?

A new analysis of data released earlier this week by CDC officials and researchers from Emory University provided an improved estimate of the prevalence of HIV in 2012 among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. The analysis is in a report published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The report features prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in 2012 and rates of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 among MSM in U.S. states, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and counties. The report is further evidence of the huge burden of HIV among MSM. The national estimated HIV prevalence among MSM in 2012 was 15%. The national estimate of diagnosed HIV infection among MSM in 2012 was 11%. The data demonstrate the stark and disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM in the South.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Sunday, May 22, 2016


MAY20

Our Stories Can Change World

From humanizing an epidemic to making concrete the systemic barriers many of us face in accessing care -- stories have always been a powerful tool for our community.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, May 20, 2016


APR25

Southern REACH Returns From Atlanta

Last month, AIDS United hosted the 2016 Southern REACH convening in Atlanta, GA! Grantees, speakers, and guests gathered to engage in meaningful discussions and share the amazing work happening around HIV in the South. The week was filled with difficult conversations, a true collaborative spirit, learning opportunities, amazing sessions, and great food!

Posted By: Adele Appiah, Program Associate, AIDS United - Monday, April 25, 2016


APR22

The Veil of HB2: Spotlighting Transgender Issues to Cover Multi-Issue Legislative Attacks

Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, a law that targets transgender people while also broadly attacking workers and local democracy. The full implications of HB2 have not been recognized in much of the media coverage, both in terms of the specific harms to trans workers of color, particularly trans women of color, as well as the broader effect of the law on all workers in North Carolina. By recognizing the full scope of the law while also centering our strategies as advocates for the communities most impacted, we’ll be in a stronger position to fight similar bills when introduced around the country.

Posted By: Preston Van Vliet, National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project - Friday, April 22, 2016


APR12

Embracing the Person First: an Essay on Language and Addiction

Language is at the root of every culture. Deeply imbedded in our daily interactions is the use of language, in the form of information sharing and receiving, emotional expression, and basic exchanges between people. It is easy to not think much about the words we use in the course of our day to describe people, places, and things. For example, most of the words used to describe individuals who use drugs are disempowering, yet socially acceptable. We characterize people who use drugs in noun form: addict, junkie, alcoholic, mentally ill, as though these humans are solely defined by the ailment of addiction. The pervasive use of these words perpetuates the stigma surrounding the substance use community.

Posted By: Amanda Stem, MSW, Advocacy Supervisor at the Western North Carolina AIDS Project, feat. insight from Conner Adams, Harm Reduction Champion - Tuesday, April 12, 2016


FEB09

The “New” Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use in the United States is largely viewed as an “urban” problem – far removed from suburban or rural communities, historically considered law enforcement’s problem to solve. The classic image of a “junky” is often coded racially to refer to poor urban black and Hispanic users. However, in recent years, heroin use has been steadily increasing outside of the “stereotypical” cityscapes it is most often associated with. This is inescapably tied to both the rise of prescription opiate abuse and subsequent efforts to curb that abuse, such as introducing tamper proof pills or restricting the ease of access through implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs.

Posted By: The AIDS United Policy Department - Tuesday, February 09, 2016


DEC01

World AIDS Day 2015: Making the Promise a Reality

This World AIDS Day, help us make the promise a reality. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift or monthly pledge to AIDS United. By investing in our work, we can continue to advance our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, December 01, 2015


NOV04

Raise Your Voice – Make Change – Register for AIDSWatch 2016

We have the science to end the HIV epidemic. We just need the political will. That’s why AIDSWatch, the largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy day, is more important than ever. Last year, AIDSWatch brought together nearly 400 advocates from 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to the nation’s capital. Collectively, AIDSWatch represented states that account for 92% of the current U.S. epidemic. Advocates had 220 congressional meetings – including 70 attended by a Member of Congress – to tell their stories and educate them about important issues to people living with HIV in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President and CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, November 04, 2015


SEP08

Join AIDS United at the United States Conference on AIDS

Later this week, September 10 - 13, the 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place here in Washington, DC. The conference is the largest HIV/AIDS- related conference in the United States and will bring together activists, providers, case managers, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 08, 2015


JUL31

National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2.0 Unveiled at Morehouse School of Medicine

At the beginning of an hours-long symposium held at Morehouse School or Medicine, the Office of National AIDS Policy Director unveiled the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated To 2020. Minutes prior, President Obama signed an executive orderlaunching the new updated strategy and directing federal agencies to implement it. The executive order and updated strategy encompass previous executive orders on the HIV Care Continuum Initiative and recommendations of the Federal Interagency Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities. Addressing the gathering in a video, the President said:

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, July 31, 2015



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