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The Role of Housing and the Black Church in HIV in America

This year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference served as an opportunity for HIV advocates and members of Congress to demonstrate the ways in which non-medical public health interventions can have an immense impact on black communities who have disproportionately bore the brunt of the HIV epidemic in America. As Representatives Barbara Lee & Keith Ellison showed in their respective panels, oftentimes having a strong faith community to lean on and affordable housing to go home to are vital, but frequently overlooked aspects of HIV prevention & treatment.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


Another Year, Another Shutdown Threat

With a presidential election less than 2 months away and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the Senate has decided that now would be an excellent time to get into a game of chicken over another Continuing Resolution. With another government shutdown looming, will they be able to salvage a deal at the eleventh hour?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


Seattle Doubles Down On Harm Reduction: Plans to Open Two Supervised Injection Facilities

As the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic continues to grow all around the country, Federal, state and local governments have started looking for innovative approaches to combating substance use disorders. In Seattle, a countywide heroin task force has responded to their own crisis by laying out plans for the first Supervised Injection Facilities in the United States. It's a bold plan, but with the backing of the city and county governments, there's reason to believe it could come to fruition.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


Celebrating Positive Women's Leadership

This year I am thrilled to be attending the PWN-USA Summit, Speak UP! - a 3-day leadership training for women living with HIV. PWN-USA is now a policy and advocacy powerhouse in the US, engaging women in ways that are truly inspiring. They are an example of how to mobilize people living with HIV to impact policy and determine their own solutions to stigma and barriers to equity.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, Riordan Strategies - Thursday, September 22, 2016


Congress Grapples With Continued Delays Over Funding Bill

The clock is ticking down to the end of the fiscal year and Congress still doesn't have its budgetary house in order. A majority of members from both parties want a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, but agreeing on how long it would last is proving difficult. Will a deal get done and what is in the best interests of people living with HIV?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


Compounding Risk: Sexual Minority Youth & Injection Drug Use

The numbers don't lie. With gay and bisexual men accounting for 80% of youth HIV diagnoses in America and engaging in injection drug use at a rate 7 times higher than their heterosexual male peers, the question isn't if injection drug use is going to pour fuel on the fire that is the HIV epidemic among sexual minority youth in the US. The question is, how high are the flames going to climb when that fuel touches fire.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


AIDS United at USCA

Next week, September 15 - 18, the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place here in Hollywood, FL. 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 Communications Department - Saturday, September 10, 2016


Helping Formerly Incarcerated People Living with HIV Stay in Care: Good for Them, Good for the Community

The time after incarceration is one of increased vulnerability and formerly incarcerated people may be particularly susceptible to drug overdose, suicide, or re-arrest. Without linkage interventions, barriers to care that existed prior to entering a correctional facility remain. A successful re-entry linkage-to-care intervention can provide the "link" between the correctional facility and community medical care, and other services, thereby maintaining or improving clinical health status, such as non-detectible viral load. When successful, these interventions can decrease HIV transmission, reduce recidivism, improve quality of life for individuals and, ultimately, for communities.

Posted By: Melissa Werner, Senior Program Manager - Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Are We Lambs or Lions? A Perspective from HIV Advocates in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to health services, especially HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Coalición Cero VIH Puerto Rico - Friday, August 05, 2016


Impact of Historic Abortion Rights Ruling on Texas

Few Supreme Court decisions have been as consequential to women’s health in Texas and nationally as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. In a 5-to-3 ruling last month, the Court struck down a Texas law that made it more difficult to get an abortion and reaffirmed constitutional protections on reproductive freedom.

Posted By: Katy Caldwell CEO, Legacy Community Health - Friday, August 05, 2016

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