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Positive Organizing Shero: Lisa Johnson-Lett

Lisa Johnson-Lett is an HIV educator and advocate. She works closely on AIDS Alabama's Positive Organizing Project (POP) grant through AIDS United to increase the meaningful involvement and leadership of people living with HIV in advocacy efforts in Alabama through a series of peer-to-peer trainings and a scholarship initiative. We were privileged to speak with Lisa in recognition of her work and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, March 08, 2018


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Recognizing Our Resilience

THis National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Dayoffers a national platform to not only re-focus the nation’s attention on the toll this disease has had on the African American community, but to also elevate the dialogue around the issues that are the drivers of HIV infection rates in our communities. But while so much of the discussion around race and HIV seems to conjure up negative perceptions about people in the communities most impacted, today I want to pose a more positive framing for the discussion. We must recognize and trust in the resilience and abilities of Black and brown people lead the way in identifying and applying strategies to end HIV in our communities.

Posted By: Valerie Rochester, Vice President for Program Strategy - Wednesday, February 07, 2018


AIDS United at NAESM 2018!

From January 18th – 21st, the NAESM Leadership Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA. The conference is a venue for the new generation of HIV public health professionals to collaborate, innovate, and help shape the future of African-American MSM/YMSM public health matters; A venue to present, discusses, and examine social determinants of health in the context spirituality, religiosity, and faith through the perspectives of black gay men.

Posted By: AIDS United - Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Our Top Blogs and Articles from 2017

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these pieces from the past year!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Using Telemedicine in Rural Alabama

In 2011, with the support of the AIDS United Access to Care Initiative, Medical AIDS Outreach (MAO) established the Alabama eHealth program to deliver high-quality care in underserved communities in rural portions of the state through telemedicine. Specifically targeting areas that serve as epicenters of HIV/AIDS incidence, MAO has leveraged telemedicine technology against rurality and poverty-driven barriers to accessing HIV care, ultimately empowering Alabama’s rural residents to access the quality care that they deserve in the communities where they live. I spoke with Dr. Laurie Dill, MAO’s medical director and chief medical officer, to learn more about MAO’s experience with telemedicine.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Continuing Forward: Leadership For Now

I got a call in May 2016. “Jesse we are searching for the interim President & CEO of AIDS United…. Are you interested?” Without missing a heartbeat, I thought to myself, “You must do this – now!” My life changed immediately. I could never have predicted all the other changes coming in 2016. For all of us living with, working for, and affected by HIV in America, 2016 was a year of unexpected change.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr, President & CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, October 04, 2017


My Voice Can Affect Change

I got to be a part of AIDSWatch through a scholarship provided by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. This one event has changed my life in so many ways and has given me the confidence to speak out against the stigma that is placed upon people with HIV/AIDS and how budget cuts on programs that help fund housing, medicine, and education affect not only me, but others living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: LaWanda Wilkerson - Monday, May 01, 2017


A First-Time Peek from the Hill at AIDSWatch 2017

The energy of the tribe of my fellow HIV advocates at AIDSWatch 2017 echoed the heartbeat of those we have lost from the beginning of the epidemic. I was honored to walk to halls of the Capitol building and speak for those lives, my life with every congressperson and staffer I met. Our collective voices together are the rhythm of that heartbeat that will spark change and become a deafening war cry to our legislators if they don’t listen to us.

Posted By: Kamaria Laffrey, Positive Women's Network - USA, SERO Project - Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Lessons in HIV Advocacy: A Conversation with Rod Brown

Rod Brown has been engaged in HIV since the start of the epidemic, when he lost his best friend to AIDS. Shortly thereafter, he began attending AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS advocacy event. Currently, Rod works with the Florida Department of Health, overseeing HIV testing efforts. We caught up with Rod to learn more about his work, motivations, and why HIV advocacy is still so important.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Born to Break Barriers: A Conversation with Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint is a transgender Latina refugee from Lima, Peru. She immigrated to the US almost 20 years ago, after graduating from law school in Peru. In 2006, when she tested HIV positive, she felt that it was a punishment for her identity and she managed in silence. But after educating herself about HIV and getting involved in her community, Arianna has emerged as a leading HIV and trans rights activist. I had the opportunity to talk to Arianna about her work as an activist, starting her own organization, and how organizations can be more trans-affirming.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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