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LGBT Candidates & Medicaid Expansion Shine Through on Election Night

What a Difference a Year Makes. 364 days after the sobering results of the 2016 elections, health care and HIV advocates finally had some election returns worth cheering about on Tuesday night, as a slew of progressive candidates tore through their conservative opponents in 2017’s off-year elections. On the eve of the one year anniversary of what can arguably be described as the low point of modern American liberalism with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, an energized electorate did its part to send a stern message to Republicans across the nation: the bigoted and harmful policies of the current administration and Congressional leadership have not gone unnoticed and “the resistance” to a politics that denigrates and marginalizes women, people of color, the poor and the sick is not going away any time soon.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 09, 2017


AIDS United at the National Transgender Health Summit

From November 10 – 12, the National Transgender Health Summit will take place in Oakland, CA. The conference will bring together trans leaders, clinical providers, researchers, and policy advocates from across the United States at a time when elevating transgender voices and expertise is most critical.

Posted By: AIDS United - Monday, November 06, 2017


Don’t Leave People in Prisons or Jail Behind

Katie Kramer, MPH, MSW, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Corrections, Communities & Families of The Bridging Group in Oakland, CA. Katie also a lead trainer and capacity building provider for Project Start+ (PS+), a behavioral re-entry intervention for people living with HIV returning to the community after incarceration. We caught up with Katie to learn more about her work and the PS+ intervention.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, November 01, 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


How to Practice Organizational Integrity, Part 3: Notice Implicit Bias, Especially in Hiring

Many HIV-focused organizations are struggling with diversity in leadership, where the leadership is primarily white, or male, or straight, or otherwise homogeneous. It’s time to change the culture of our organizations, and embrace a culture that fully supports those most affected by the epidemic to thrive and do brilliant work. In this three-part Organizational Integrity blog series, Kaytee Ray-Riek explore steps organizations can take to become more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Kaytee Ray-Riek, Organizational Culture Expert - Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Raising HIV Awareness in the Latinx Community

David Michael Pérez is the director of development at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). This National Latinx HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, we caught up with David to learn more about LULAC’s work in HIV, the impact of HIV on the Latinx community, and his passion for work with the LGBTQ community.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Cakes, Congress, and Court – Oh My! The Supreme Court to Hear Key Cases this Fall

The Supreme Court began what promises to be a full session this week and is planning to hear several high profile and important cases this fall. A few in particular could have the power to affect people living with HIV drastically.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 06, 2017


Price-Cutting Efforts: Choosing a new HHS Secretary after Price’s Resignation

Last Friday, Tom Price became the latest senior official to exit the revolving door of the Trump Administration. The former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resigned after receiving criticism for his misuse of government funds to charter planes for his travel. Now that he is gone, many are wondering if Price’s anti-ACA stance and other conservative plans for the Department will be carried out by whoever becomes his successor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 06, 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


New CDC Study Shows Highest Number of STD Cases Ever Reported in U.S.

Following a disturbing trend, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that overall rates for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) increased in 2016. These findings marked the 3rd consecutive year that STD rates have increased, with the more than 2 million new cases of the three nationally reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—accounting for the highest annual number of cases ever.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 29, 2017

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