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Syringe Services: A Critical Piece to Ending the HIV Epidemic

In April, I visited the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC), a Syringe Access Fund grantee. Syringe exchange is currently illegal in Texas and AHRC’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers face the risk of legal action every day. They operate the exchange through a mobile unit, disposing of used syringes and providing new equipment and wound care. They also cooperate with another organization in-house to run an STI, HIV, and hepatitis C testing clinic once a week out of their office space. People who test positive are connected to care. AHRC’s work is vital to ending the HIV epidemic, especially given societal hurdles.

Posted By: Zach Ford, Program Manager - Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Meet John E. Roane Jr., Vice President of Operations at AIDS United

John E. Roane Jr. began his tenure as vice president of operations at AIDS United on May 15, 2017. We sat down with John to learn more about what motivates him to do this work and what he looks forward to in his new role.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, June 15, 2017


How Did We Get Here? Reflections on HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

Joseph (Joe) Interrante, a long-term HIV survivor, is Chief Executive Officer of Nashville CARES. He made AIDS his life work after his first life partner’s illness and death from AIDS in Boston in 1983. We caught up with Joe to discuss the importance of HIV Long-Term Survivors Day and learn about his work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, June 05, 2017


Raising Awareness on National Hepatitis Testing Day

Emalie Huriaux is the director of federal and state affairs at Project Inform, where she works on hepatitis C advocacy on the state and federal levels. May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day, so we caught up with Emalie to learn more!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, May 17, 2017


CDC: Hepatitis C Infection Rates Skyrocketing

According to a staggering new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of new Hepatitis C virus infections nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015. And, with the continued growth of the opioid epidemic and the policies of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress, it couldn't come at a worse time.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 12, 2017


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: An Advocate’s Perspective

Christine Campbell is a lifetime HIV advocate. Her career has been built on her value of furthering social justice for all in terms of rights, opportunities, privilege, power, and distribution of wealth within society. May 18 is National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. We caught up with Christine for an advocate’s perspective on what this day represents.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, May 11, 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 Day Just for Us

KeivaLei works at Life Foundation in Honolulu Hawaii – the oldest, and longest running HIV/AIDS organization in Hawaii. Keiva works as their Linkage to Care Coordinator, linking newly diagnosed individuals into care and support services. She facilitates support groups, conducts outreach among people living with HIV and their partners, supports a transgender service program titled the Kua’ana Project which, along side Case Management and outreach services, conducts capacity building for other agencies relating to transgender cultural competency. This Monday, April 17 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. We caught up with Keiva to learn more about the significance of this day and about her work in Hawaii.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, April 24, 2017


All Women, All Rights at AIDSWatch 2017!

No one thing is as important as our advocacy, and AIDSWatch makes it possible for us to meet the very elected decision makers of our great country. Consider it a privilege, and I hope to see you there next year, where together, we shall overcome!

Posted By: Jada Cardona, Transitions Louisiana - Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Youth Advocate Spotlight: Zamora Fellow Ryan McElhose

In observance of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we asked our current Zamora Fellow on his insight and journey understanding HIV prevention, treatment, and care. These are his thoughts.

Posted By: Ryan McElhose, Public Policy Zamora Fellow - Thursday, April 06, 2017

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