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Client-Centered Counseling Works!

I recently started my AIDS United AmeriCorps service year at Howard Brown Health Center as a Clinic-Based Health Educator. I provide HIV testing and counseling and help clients find safer sex methods that work for them. To put it simply, I talk about sex - a lot! Many of the clients I see are engaging in sexual activities that I do not have experience with. Not having personal experience in a certain area can make it difficult to discuss applicable risk reduction methods, so it is important to allow the client to guide the conversation and maybe even educate the educator.

Posted By: Glenn Corregano, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Chicago - Monday, October 05, 2015


Resilience and Hope in the Decade after Katrina

What is “home”? Asking this question, we often get responses in platitudes such as “home is where the heart is.” People on the Gulf Coast however, cannot think of home without equating it with Hurricane Katrina because it’s exactly what the storm took from them. It has been a decade since the storm but even now, too many people remain displaced. While much of the New Orleans metro area has been rebuilt, an estimated 100,000 or more New Orleanians have not been able to return home. Some haven’t had the means to come home, while others have returned to an unrecognizable place where home once was.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Look Out, It’s the Sex Police

As an AIDS Funding Collaborative/AIDS United AmeriCorps member serving with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, my role in the fight for an AIDS-free generation is quite comprehensive. Beyond providing testing and prevention outreach and education, I also work closely with our team of Disease Intervention Specialists, or DIS officials for short. Sometimes they’re called the “health care bounty hunters,” sometimes the “sex police,” but to me, Cleveland’s DIS officials are public health heroes.

Posted By: Josh Kratz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team Cleveland - Friday, September 25, 2015


Seeing the Unseen: Life Beyond the Capitol

What a year! As my fellow Washington, D.C. AIDS United AmeriCorps teammates move on to graduate school, new jobs, and glorious journeys I look back on a year of service with much gratitude. Our year culminated on June 17th with an award ceremony for our long-term project, DC UnSeen: Life Beyond the Capitol. Our aim for the project was to give clients from eight of our host agencies the chance to show greater-DC their life through the lens of camera. With 75 participants, over 1,000 photos, and a generous amount of prize money fundraised, we were able to host two pop-up events around the city and celebrate the participants’ work with a glorious final event.

Posted By: Joseph Caldwell, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team DC - Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Guest Blog: Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV Over Age 50

From establishing America’s first HIV/AIDS support group for older adults, to igniting changes in national policy, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) leads the fight against this epidemic in the aging community. On this National HIV/Aging Awareness Day, 50% of Americans living with HIV will be over 50. With graying demographics—and adults over 50 accounting for one in six new diagnoses—that number is projected to soar to 70% by 2020. As ACRIA’s research shows, older adults with HIV have higher rates of depression, struggle with more comorbidities, and lack robust support networks to enable them to age with dignity and respect. Social isolation, higher rates of poverty, and a lack of access to culturally competent health care compound the problem. What is most upsetting about these age-related disparities? Older adults living with HIV are more likely to be diagnosed later, too often when the virus has progressed to AIDS.

Posted By: Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Government Relations, SAGE - Friday, September 18, 2015


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


Joseph’s House: Community, love, and laughter

Healing and care at Joseph’s House manifests in meals shared around a table, conversations on the porch, and sometimes s’mores around a campfire. These simple acts are what care at Joseph’s House is all about. It’s more than just a hospice center; it’s a home.

Posted By: Trish Ike and Keaton Cameron-Burr, AIDS United Americorps Team DC - Thursday, September 03, 2015


Creating a Safe Space for Queer Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Chicago

Tasked with creating and implementing a legacy project concluding our AmeriCorps service year – AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Chicago decided to work with homeless and unstably housed LGBT Youth, a group of people all too often overlooked in mainstream media and underserved in local social service programs.

Posted By: Riley Smith, AIDS United Americorps Team Chicago - Friday, August 28, 2015


Interview: Monique Tula on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Launch

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020 was presented at a day long symposium style gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday July 30, 2015. As we discussed last week, the updated strategy reinforces the goals of its predecessor while incorporating scientific developments of the past 4 years.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, August 07, 2015


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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