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AUG19

A New Model of Care: The Trans* Wellness Project

Mazzoni Center is the only health care provider in the Philadelphia region specifically targeting the unique health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest AIDS service organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the fourth-oldest in the nation. As the organization has evolved to meet the needs of our constituents, Mazzoni Center has combined HIV/AIDS-related services and health services and developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in service delivery...

Posted By: Laura Sorensen, Trans* Care Coordinator, Mazzoni Center - Tuesday, August 19, 2014


JUL10

Team Detroit Creates some HYPE with its Long-Term Project

When Team Detroit began preparing for our long-term project, we established a primary goal of creating a positive change in the city of Detroit that would last beyond our term of service. It was for this reason that we decided to commit our service to an established organization that would continue to serve the community for years to come. Our hope was that we would provide resources for this organization that they would otherwise not have, and that we would develop a framework for these resources to remain in place after our term of service was complete.

Posted By: Kamran Salari, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Detroit - Thursday, July 10, 2014


JUL08

The End of the Beginning: Team NOLA Moves Forward

Our year of service is coming to a close in the most hectic way possible - but we wouldn't have it any other way. We always knew Team NOLA would go out with a bang! I'll keep this as short and sweet as possible, because honestly I could go on and on about everything we learned (but you all would get sick of me).

Posted By: Helene Kirschke-Schwartz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team New Orleans - Tuesday, July 08, 2014


JUN18

A Steel Town Organization Gets Energized at a Southern Convening

We, The Open Door, Inc., have the honor and privilege of being funded by AIDS United's Retention in Care Initiative, supported by MAC AIDS Fund. The Open Door, Inc. is a supportive housing program and an innovative, cost-effective, and replicable approach to engaging and retaining highly marginalized populations in HIV-related care.

Posted By: Christina Farmartino, MPH, CPH Executive Director, The Open Door, Inc - Wednesday, June 18, 2014


MAY23

AIDSWatch 2014: The Power of Advocacy and Sharing Our Stories

As people living with HIV/AIDS, we intimately know the many barriers preventing us from achieving the possible, an AIDS free generation. Despite the discovery of the HIV virus in the 1980’s, our youth continue to be poorly educated on sexual health at homes and in our public schools. Stigma is real and continues to be a factor that not only prevents people from getting tested, but also from disclosing their HIV-status and being linked and retained in high quality care, treatment and supportive services.

Posted By: Michael Emanuel Rajner, Steering Committee Member, United States People Living with HIV Caucus (USPLHIV) - Friday, May 23, 2014


MAY16

Take Action During Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month

Many people have referred to hepatitis C as the silent epidemic because millions of people have been infected, yet many are unaware. In an effort to raise awareness about hepatitis, May has been designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is specifically set aside as National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day. With that in mind, AIDS United encourages people who are at risk, especially people with HIV, to get tested, and for those who are positive to learn more about all the treatment options available to them.

Posted By: Monique Tula Director, Capacity Building , AIDS United - Friday, May 16, 2014


MAY09

Watching AIDSWatch Change Lives

I didn’t know what to expect from AIDSWatch as a participant, but as an employee I realized early in my fellowship that it involved a lot of work. As a Pedro Zamora fellow working in the office of AIDS United, I saw firsthand the preparation that went into organizing this event. I answered some of the calls from scholarship participants and I got to witness the excitement in the office as the dates of AIDSWatch slowly approached. From the time I started my fellowship in late January, staff was already working diligently to plan fine details. So when the time finally arrived, I was hopeful that this event would be as successful as anticipated.

Posted By: Bernadette Carriere, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Friday, May 09, 2014


MAY02

Moved to Tears: A Blog from 2014 AIDSWatcher Ed Barron

I have attended AIDSWatch in the past and was excited to be able to participate again. This time — more than before — I felt it important to put a face to AIDS. As a long term survivor having tested positive in 1986, I have survived the “Plague Years.” And though science has made many advances and we are surviving longer there is an even greater need for the Federal Government to finance support services, not only for the newly diagnosed but those of us that are still living. It is important for our lawmakers to realize we would like to live a full life as do all other people living in the United States

Posted By: Ed Barron, AIDSWatch 2014 Advocate, New Jersey - Friday, May 02, 2014


MAY01

AIDSWatch Blog: Bringing My Personal Story to Capitol Hill

My father passed away from AIDS in the early 1990s. Since his death, sharing my story has been intimidating because of HIV/AIDS stigma. Whether it is the fear of judgment or the shame that society inadvertently makes people feel surrounding the disease, most people – me included – shut down and hide themselves. AIDSWatch is a forum that allows people living with HIV/AIDS to share their story with legislators so their voices can finally be heard.

Posted By: Kayla Patterson in AIDSWatch and Policy/Advocacy, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Thursday, May 01, 2014


MAY01

Guest Blog: Food is Medicine

Nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both. Researchers at Harvard and the University of California at San Francisco studied data from the 2011 U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Interview Survey, and of the 10,000 adults who reported that they had a chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, a mental health problem, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nearly one in five said they had problems affording food during the past 30 days, qualifying as “food insecure.” Nearly one in four said they had skipped medication dosages because of cost. More than one in ten said they had problems paying for both food and medication. Among those whose illnesses were most diet-related, like diabetes and heart disease, individuals were particularly concerned with finding the right food needed to stay healthy.

Search Tags: HIV Prevention , AIDS , HIV

Posted By: Alissa Wassung, Director of Policy and Planning, God's Love We Deliver - Thursday, May 01, 2014



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