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MAR15

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


FEB21

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


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


DEC07

Holding Safe Space for LGBTQ Youth in Alabama

The Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a project of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO), is a supportive and affirming space for LGBTQ youth. In 2013, BAO adopted LGBTQ issues into its mission statement, and a year later, MCAC became Birmingham’s first direct-service provider to LGBTQ youth. We also offer HIV testing, education and body-positive sexual wellness workshops to help address the high HIV/STI rates for queer southern youth.

Posted By: Lauren Jacobs, Youth Outreach Coordinator and Amanda Keller, Director of LGBTQ Programs, Magic City Acceptance Center - Wednesday, December 07, 2016


NOV07

Why More is At Stake This Election Than You Think

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you will likely already know that Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day across the United States. To say that this election cycle has been been hard to watch would be an understatement. The news cycle has been primarily focused on the general public’s disdain towards the candidates and the nasty attacks and harmful rhetoric that has been on display for the world to see (and hear). While having to select the next leader of the free world in these conditions may seem to be disheartening for some, we still need to participate in the political process because too much is at stake.

Posted By: Christina Adeleke, Esq.,Communications and Development Coordinator, North Carolina AIDS Action Network - Monday, November 07, 2016


AUG03

Southern REACH: Pushing the Nation Forward

Working on the Southern REACH portfolio the last five years has been inspiring. Over time I have seen the cohort become smaller but stronger! It’s been encouraging to see organizations in the South come together to build networks, move policy forward, and mobilize and engage to make real policy change. This level of mobilization and engagement has yielded real policy change and improved the lives of people living with HIV. For example, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has worked tirelessly to legalize syringe exchanges in their state, and after years of hard work, their advocacy paid off big time when Governor McCrory signed a bill that legalized syringe exchange, on July 11th, 2016. In fact, North Carolina lawmakers made history by becoming the first veto-proof Republican super majority to legalize syringe exchange programs. This victory matters, it will change lives, and it is exactly what Southern REACH grantees do every day.

Posted By: Liam Cabal, Senior Program Manager, AIDS United - Wednesday, August 03, 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


JUN19

We're Not Going to Sit Out on The Future of North Carolina

This fall, North Carolina voters will once again cast their vote for a number of critical races that could impact the future of HIV treatment and prevention efforts in our state and across the South. The NC AIDS Action Network and Duke HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic work with both Democratic and Republican administrations to strengthen our AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and represent the interests of those living with HIV in our state. Just this year we were able to work with Republican legislators to successfully include language in both the state House and Senate budgets to expand access to health insurance for ADAP clients in our state. By working across the aisle and educating legislators about the public health and fiscal benefits of our work, we can achieve real benefits for those living with HIV in North Carolina.

Posted By: Lee Storrow, Executive Director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and Carolyn McAllaster, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Duke University’s HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic and Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) - Sunday, June 19, 2016


MAY20

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 - Friday, May 20, 2016


APR25

Southern REACH Returns From Atlanta

Last month, AIDS United hosted the 2016 Southern REACH convening in Atlanta, GA! Grantees, speakers, and guests gathered to engage in meaningful discussions and share the amazing work happening around HIV in the South. The week was filled with difficult conversations, a true collaborative spirit, learning opportunities, amazing sessions, and great food!

Posted By: Adele Appiah, Program Associate, AIDS United - Monday, April 25, 2016



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