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World AIDS Day 2014: A Week of AmeriCorps Activities in Atlanta

As a Member on the newest team in the AIDS United AmeriCorps Program, I celebrated World AIDS Day through service! In three days my four team members and I provided nearly 200 HIV tests and gave four school presentations all around Atlanta. Because young people aged 13-25 are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, we focused our outreach at youth.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Make World AIDS Day A Day of Action!

Today, another World AIDS Day will come and go, just like the 25 before it. For too many people, the HIV epidemic has simply become static noise - another year, another World AIDS Day, the same old epidemic.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Monday, December 01, 2014


We Aren't Dead Yet! What Do We Do Now?

Kelsey Louie, Chief Executive Officer of GMHC, reflects on National HIV and Aging Day and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has changed for older Americans living with HIV. National HIV and Aging Day is observed every year on September 17.

Posted By: Kelsey Louie - Friday, September 12, 2014


Team Indy Promotes National HIV Testing Day

Are you Positive you are Negative? Team Indy ended the year strong with a final project promoting National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. To motivate our community to take the test and take control, the team worked diligently with WISH TV, a local television station, to create a public service announcement to air throughout the week.

Posted By: Julia McPherson AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indy - Thursday, July 10, 2014


Strength in Story Sharing: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

I confess. As a former executive director of a small organization in Boston, I once faced the prospect of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a twinge of dread each May 19. Our organization worked with a number of AAs and NHPIs living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Jacob Smith Yang, Capacity Building Director - Friday, May 16, 2014


Gardening, HIV Testing, & Drag Shows: Team NOLA’s MLK Day of Service

A day ON not a day off- this was our motto going into our Martin Luthor King Day of Service. Since the beginning of time (well, since our service year started…so August), Team NOLA has hoped to collaborate with another local AmeriCorps team. Finally, we had our chance. City Year New Orleans planned a magnificent MLK Day of Service and asked the community to come together and volunteer for a day at Arthur Ashe Charter School . Honestly, going into it I expected it to be a small crowd. I mean, people fake sicknesses for a day off so why would they give up their free time to come do manual labor all morning? Boy, was I wrong. There must have been about 200 people who came to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone was full of energy (I was once I got coffee) and so excited to get out there and make this school beautiful. It was pretty invigorating. All I could think about was how much this moment embodied what MLK Jr. preached his whole life- “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Posted By: Team NOLA - Tuesday, February 04, 2014


Team NOLA and Walgreens come together to Fight AIDS!

Louie and his coworkers at the Walgreens testing in Algiers.[/caption] World AIDS Day has always been one of my favorite days of the year. You may be thinking- "What the heck?"- but it's true. World AIDS Day is like the Superbowl for HIV prevention workers. It's a day to observe how far we've come but reflect on how much more there is do. It's a day to pay our respects to the millions who have lost their battle to the disease, while thanking and supporting the friends and families of those who have passed. It is also the day I bombard and bother my Facebook friends about getting tested without them replying, "Is HIV all you ever post about?" (Yes, but hey, someone's got to do it!) Team NOLA had quite an eventful World AIDS Day (and week). We collaborated with two different Walgreens in order to offer free HIV testing to their customers. Louie's agency, Priority Health, offered free testing in Algiers. Louie and his coworkers tested a total of 20 people in just a couple of hours!

Posted By: Helene Kirschke-Schwartz - Friday, January 03, 2014


World AIDS Day with Team Cleveland

Team Cleveland in front of Care Alliance's testing Van at World AIDS Day[/caption] This year for World AIDS Day, team Cleveland partnered with the AIDS Funding Collaborative and Care Alliance Health Center to do outreach and testing at Tower City. In preparation for World AIDS Day our team created harm reduction business cards to be handed out alongside support ribbons. Throughout the day team members canvased public square and RTA bus/train stations handing out harm reduction cards, ribbons, and condoms. Care Alliance brought their outreach van where members did testing and HIV education.

Posted By: Erin Richardson, AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Saturday, December 14, 2013


I’m Every Woman: HIV Does Not Discriminate

Last month in New Orleans, LA, AIDS United, NO/AIDS Task Force and Positive Women’s Network-USA collaborated on a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day program. There were 14 women and six NATF staff members present. After dining on chicken marsala, spring mix, green beans, Au gratin potatoes and Bread Pudding for dessert, participants watched the movie, Life Support starring Queen Latifah and Gloria Reuben; there was not a dry eye in the house at the end of the movie.

Posted By: By Gina Brown - Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Aware Enough

As a Black person, I can tell you that an awareness day is rhetorical because we are aware. We simply haven’t had enough. We haven’t had enough of dying when we don’t have to. We haven’t had enough funerals. We haven’t had enough of seeing someone darken and waste away. We are aware. We are aware that Black gay men are more at risk. We are aware that Black gay men are more likely to be infected. We are aware that Black gay men are more likely to not get the proper treatment and die from this disease. We are aware that Black women are 20 times more likely to become infected with HIV than White women. We simply haven’t had enough.

Posted By: Diedra J. Levi, CEO, Living Affected Corporation - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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