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We’re All in this Together

I am serving as an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland through the AIDS Funding Collaborative. Recently, during a discussion about sexual health with teenagers at a local high school, a student made a particularly poignant statement that resonated with me. She very bravely and truthfully explained to the group that if she didn’t know someone living with HIV, then she was not very likely to think about her own risk of contracting the virus. And as much as I hated to admit it, she was right. Despite the fact that HIV affects all of us, until we can personally connect to something, we often do not care about it.

Posted By: Chelsea Wood, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Friday, February 12, 2016


First Large-Scale Trial for Heart Disease Prevention Among People with HIV

Studies have shown that individuals with HIV are 50–100% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than individuals without HIV. In fact, heart disease is a leading cause of death among HIV-positive people and many do not have symptoms and are unaware of the increased risk for stroke or heart attack.

Posted By: Steven Grinspoon, MD, REPRIEVE Co-Principal Investigator, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Nutritional Metabolism, and Co-Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard - Thursday, February 11, 2016


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


Sizing Up Success

At a medical school interview last week, my interviewer asked how in my future medical practice I would define success. His question made me think about my current AIDS United AmeriCorps service, doing HIV, STI, and pregnancy testing at the Latin American Youth Center via the Washington AIDS Partnership. How, I wondered, should I gauge success in my current position?

Posted By: Lily Gage, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Monday, February 08, 2016


AmeriCorps Can be such a Drag!

As Ms. Queencenera, I have been able to expand my reach as an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, serving in Albuquerque. Within the drag community, I have been able to have real conversations about HIV and risk, as well as stigma that still exists in the community.

Posted By: Jeff Devereaux, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team New Mexico - Thursday, February 04, 2016


Food, Friends, and So Much More

I joined Food & Friends in August 2015 as part of the year-long AIDS United AmeriCorps program, through the Washington AIDS Partnership. I selected to serve with Food & Friends because I wanted to better understand how food, along with medications and health literacy, can lead to improved wellness. I spend the majority of my time visiting with clients during their “First Day Delivery.” During these appointments I walk through our service and assess the client’s living conditions, family composition, and any additional health factors. It is a joy having the opportunity to meet with the people whom we serve!

Posted By: Camille Washigton, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Monday, February 01, 2016


Scott County, It’s Not Over

I had the unique opportunity to go to Scott County and help with the latest testing blitz, along with the CDC. In my four days of testing in Scott County, I served alongside Colleen, an employee of the CDC. Colleen taught me so much about being a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) and also about life in general!

Posted By: Paige Chambers, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis - Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Creating Change 2016

Later this week, January 10 - 13, the 28th annual Creating Change conference will take place here in Chicago, IL. The conference is the pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement.

Posted By: Communications Department, AIDS United - Tuesday, January 19, 2016


AIDS United AmeriCorps Alumni Spotlight: Naomi Harris

Naomi Harris is a Program Coordinator at Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine in New York City. Originally from Chicago, she served as an AIDS United AmeriCorps member in Washington, DC from 2010-2012. She recently completed BRAKING AIDS ride, a 300 mile bike ride from Boston to New York, to raise funds and awareness around HIV/AIDS. We caught up with Naomi to discuss her work, the BRAKING AIDS ride, and how AmeriCorps influenced her career.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Experiencing the History of AIDS in Indianapolis

Once a week, the seven members of Team Indy are able to come together to serve our community in a new way. We have helped build a house for a veteran through Habitat for Humanity, we have cleaned an overgrown trail at the site of a new park, begun planning a Long Term Project addressing stigma around HIV/ AIDS in Indianapolis, and on September 23rd we experienced A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality.

Posted By: Abby Carr, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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