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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


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


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

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