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JAN27

Breaking Down Barriers to HIV Care

We have the tools to keep people living with HIV healthy and virally suppressed, but here in the US, fewer than half of people living with HIV are taking antiretroviral medications, with only about a third virally suppressed. Looking closer, these rates are even lower among some underserved populations, such as transgender women of color, people living in poverty, and people who are unstably housed. To change that, we set off to find strategies to counter some of our country’s most stubborn barriers to HIV care, such as lack of transportation, housing instability, poverty, HIV stigma, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, January 27, 2017


JAN05

New Congress Begins; Immediately Attacks the Affordable Care Act and Threatens Domestic Programs Critical to Vulnerable Populations

The 115th Congress began on January 3, 2017. Republican leadership wasted no time in articulating their legislative priorities, particularly with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other domestic programs. Notably, Republicans are attempting to initiate a budget reconciliation process to repeal key ACA programs without a replacement proposal in sight. Republicans are also using the House rules process to increase oversight of unauthorized programs and agencies, which could force reauthorization battles over programs like Ryan White with little warning to advocates.

Posted By: Carmel Shachar, J.D., M.P.H. - Thursday, January 05, 2017


DEC13

Building Community in Rural Virginia: An Interview with Kim Williams

Most people living with HIV served by the University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic live in rural communities and travel a significant distance to get to and from the clinic. In addition to the distance they must travel to receive care, most patients face additional barriers to care such as HIV stigma, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, intimate partner violence, or poverty. To better support their patients’ well-being and ability to stay in care, the University of Virginia created a smartphone app, Positive Links. This app supports people living with HIV by providing a virtual community, tools to help track adherence and wellness behaviors, educational resources, and more. I was privileged to be able to speak with Kim Williams, a grandmother, poet, and patient of University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic about her experiences with the Positive Links app.

Posted By: Melissa Werner, Senior Program Manager - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


OCT10

Maintaining the Balance: Lessons from Peer Evaluators

Since the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, peers have played critical roles in providing care for people affected by HIV, advocating for policy change to improve services, and helping people at high risk for the disease to develop life-saving risk-reduction skills. In the summer of 2015, I visited all five of the RiC grantees who used peers to conduct evaluation activities and conducted 20 qualitative interviews with peers and their program managers. While our findings from this study will be shared soon in the webinar “Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Evaluation and Data Collection” and in peer-reviewed journals, here are some highlights from the interviews.

Posted By: Mary Hawk, DrPH, LSW, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - Monday, October 10, 2016


SEP07

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


JUN28

Science Alone Can't Create a Just World

I often talk about what it was like testing HIV-positive in 1992, when the only treatment available was AZT. Today, I consider the bounty of treatments available and the many more in development. I think of what science has done for me, this field, and for so many others like me. Yet science alone can’t create a just world. In its purest form, science can be cold, calculated, and simply focused on what can be proven true or false. Science has delivered both cures and bombs, has been used for both good and bad. While science has the potential to fix much of what ails us — it won’t work for the advancement of us all without being firmly steeped in and led by our values.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, June 28, 2016


JUN24

Expanding Access to Care for Americans Living with HIV Through the HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act

On June 22nd, two briefings on Capitol Hill took place to educate Congressional staffers and community members about the HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act. The bill would strengthen and increase the sustainability of HIV clinics by making all Ryan White Part C clinics eligible for enhanced Medicaid reimbursements, similar to how Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are currently reimbursed.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, June 24, 2016


DEC01

World AIDS Day 2015: Making the Promise a Reality

This World AIDS Day, help us make the promise a reality. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift or monthly pledge to AIDS United. By investing in our work, we can continue to advance our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, December 01, 2015


SEP08

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


JUL31

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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