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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


Policy Reactions to the Tragic Orlando Shooting

AIDS United joins the nation this week mourning the loss of 49 souls as well as the 53 wounded at the Orlando gay club ‘Pulse’ in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The shooting, which targeted LGBTQ patrons and straight allies, prompted condemnation from across the political spectrum.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, June 17, 2016


New Data on HIV Among MSM: Better Knowledge. Better Response?

A new analysis of data released earlier this week by CDC officials and researchers from Emory University provided an improved estimate of the prevalence of HIV in 2012 among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. The analysis is in a report published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The report features prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in 2012 and rates of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 among MSM in U.S. states, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and counties. The report is further evidence of the huge burden of HIV among MSM. The national estimated HIV prevalence among MSM in 2012 was 15%. The national estimate of diagnosed HIV infection among MSM in 2012 was 11%. The data demonstrate the stark and disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM in the South.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Sunday, May 22, 2016


A Message From Our Board Chair

Some of you may have already heard that after three and a half years of service, Michael Kaplan, President & CEO of AIDS United, will depart the agency on 6/30/16. On behalf of the entire AIDS United Board of Trustees, I want to publicly thank him for his exemplary service to AIDS United, update you on the state of the agency, and outline some key transition-related next steps.

Posted By: Robert "Bobby" Hilliard, Jr. MD, Chair of the AIDS United Board of Trustees - Thursday, May 12, 2016


AIDS United AmeriCorps Alumni Spotlight: Maya Kailas

Maya Kailas served as an AIDS United AmeriCorps program in Chicago, IL from 2014-2015. She recently began medical school at Boston University. We caught up with Maya to discuss her experience in medical school, how she stays involved in public health, and how AmeriCorps influenced her career goals.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Friday, April 08, 2016


Thank You, Flint!

This week is AmeriCorps Week! It's a week to recognize and show gratitude for the significant impact AmeriCorps members make in communities across our great nation. It's also a great chance for AmeriCorps members to use their place in the spotlight to roll up their sleeves, strut their stuff, and get things done for America. This past weekend AIDS United AmeriCorps Members and alumni from Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit did exactly that in Flint, Michigan.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps/AFC Team Cleveland - Tuesday, March 08, 2016


The Power of Pleasure: A Smarter Conversation on Sexual Health

This past week, I participated in a training on anal sex and pleasure. Yes, you heard me right; I spent two full days engaging in intimate and educational conversations about butt sex. Admittedly, it was quite an exhilarating experience talking about such a taboo topic in American society. My interest was definitely peaked, I mean, how often does one get to actively discuss the anatomy of their anus and how to appropriately pleasure it? The training wasn’t just rebellious fun though; it was also incredibly engaging and thought provoking. I walked away feeling empowered and informed. Sometime during my drive back home, it occurred to me, I’ve been going about prevention education the wrong way this whole time! Instead of talking about safer sex, I should be talking about “smarter sex.”

Posted By: Joshua Kratz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Building Communities to Counter HIV Stigma

At the headline: “Taking China’s Fight Against AIDS Online” immediately, I was hooked. This year, I am serving as an AFC/AIDS United AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland, but I was curious how HIV education and prevention is carried out in other countries, especially those who have notoriously spoken out against homosexuality. Homosexuality in China was only decriminalized in 1997, and in the years since, stigma and discrimination still run rampant.

Posted By: Roxanne Krausert, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Wednesday, February 17, 2016


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

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