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AIDSWatch 2015 and the Trans* Experience

What do you do when you are invited into a space and seemingly forgotten once you are present?

Posted By: Tommy Luckett is a Little Rock, Arkansas-based PWN-USA member and an adviser with the network Positively Trans. - Friday, April 24, 2015


One Ounce of Truth: The Collective Power of AIDSWatch 2015

Stop! I immediately thought of HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) and the truth we were striving to share with members of Congress on April 14, 2015. Four hundred advocates from thirty states and Puerto Rico were about to converge on Capitol Hill as part of AIDSWatch 2015. One of my peers said, “You cannot stay adherent to medications if you are homeless.” Another said, ”There are currently fifty thousand households served by HOPWA while 1.2 million people in America live with HIV.”

Posted By: Susan Mull is a PWN-USA member, poet, writer, educator, and longtime activist based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. - Friday, April 24, 2015


At the Intersection of Health & Social Justice: the Transgender Health Summit 2015

The collective energy and excitement among participants at the 2015 Transgender Health Summit was obvious upon our arrival. During the opening plenary, we learned that the due to community demand, the conference had nearly doubled in attendance since the previous conference. This growth parallels the long overdue attention to the needs and realities of transgender people in the US in regards to HIV prevention and treatment. AIDS United served as a sponsor of the event, and I felt proud to be a part of a team that added to the success of this important gathering.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, Vice President of Access & Innovation, AIDS United - Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Exchanging More than Needles: The Point of Replicating a Harm Reduction Housing Model

We, The Open Door, Inc., are ecstatic to announce our new partnerships, due to the generous support from AIDS United and MAC AIDS Fund! As a part of the Retention in Care portfolio, The Open Door, Inc. planned to aid other individuals or organizations in starting their own harm reduction, housing first program in two different cities.

Posted By: Christina Farmartino, MPH, Executive Director, and Joseph Hough, Social Work Intern, The Open Door, Inc. - Thursday, April 02, 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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