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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


MAY12

A Message From Our Board Chair

Some of you may have already heard that after three and a half years of service, Michael Kaplan, President & CEO of AIDS United, will depart the agency on 6/30/16. On behalf of the entire AIDS United Board of Trustees, I want to publicly thank him for his exemplary service to AIDS United, update you on the state of the agency, and outline some key transition-related next steps.

Posted By: Robert "Bobby" Hilliard, Jr. MD, Chair of the AIDS United Board of Trustees - Thursday, May 12, 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


APR08

AIDS United AmeriCorps Alumni Spotlight: Maya Kailas

Maya Kailas served as an AIDS United AmeriCorps program in Chicago, IL from 2014-2015. She recently began medical school at Boston University. We caught up with Maya to discuss her experience in medical school, how she stays involved in public health, and how AmeriCorps influenced her career goals.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Friday, April 08, 2016


MAR08

Thank You, Flint!

This week is AmeriCorps Week! It's a week to recognize and show gratitude for the significant impact AmeriCorps members make in communities across our great nation. It's also a great chance for AmeriCorps members to use their place in the spotlight to roll up their sleeves, strut their stuff, and get things done for America. This past weekend AIDS United AmeriCorps Members and alumni from Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit did exactly that in Flint, Michigan.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps/AFC Team Cleveland - Tuesday, March 08, 2016


MAR03

PrEPing Your Capacity

On July 12, 2012, the FDA approved Truvada as PrEP, an HIV prevention medication for individuals who are at high risk for HIV infection. Three and half years later – PrEP has taken the world of HIV prevention by storm as many community based organizations (CBOs), AIDS service organizations (ASOs), and clinicians have begun to integrate PrEP into their care delivery models. In response, Getting To Zero, the AIDS United Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded capacity building initiative, has delivered several trainings and created tools to help organizations understand what PrEP is and how it can be best integrated into their HIV prevention services. Our PrEP 101 has been used to train several organizations about the basics of PrEP and barriers faced by key affected populations regarding access and adherence to PrEP. Here are some common questions about PrEP that we encounter in the field.

Posted By: Sarah Getachew, Program Associate, AIDS United - Thursday, March 03, 2016


FEB24

The Power of Pleasure: A Smarter Conversation on Sexual Health

This past week, I participated in a training on anal sex and pleasure. Yes, you heard me right; I spent two full days engaging in intimate and educational conversations about butt sex. Admittedly, it was quite an exhilarating experience talking about such a taboo topic in American society. My interest was definitely peaked, I mean, how often does one get to actively discuss the anatomy of their anus and how to appropriately pleasure it? The training wasn’t just rebellious fun though; it was also incredibly engaging and thought provoking. I walked away feeling empowered and informed. Sometime during my drive back home, it occurred to me, I’ve been going about prevention education the wrong way this whole time! Instead of talking about safer sex, I should be talking about “smarter sex.”

Posted By: Joshua Kratz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Wednesday, February 24, 2016



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