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Congressional Sex Trafficking Bills Not In The Best Interest of Sex Workers

The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), the Allow States and Victims to the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), or another similar iteration of the legislation, as early as Monday. Both SESTA and FOSTA legislation would extend criminal and civil liability to online platforms for posts about sex trafficking and sex work. Facing huge new liabilities, the law could lead to platforms over-censoring user generated content or shuttering completely.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 09, 2018


In Northern Kentucky, Fears of Another Injection Drug Use-Driven HIV Outbreak Mount

State health labs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have begun investigating a cluster of new HIV infections in Northern Kentucky. The counties of Kenton and Campbell are home to 18 people who were newly diagnosed as HIV positive in 2017 and who reported syringe sharing behaviors. Concern is mounting that the 40% rise in HIV rates from 2016 to 2017 in Northern Kentucky may indicate an emerging injection drug use-driven, Scott County, Indiana-like HIV outbreak.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 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


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


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


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 Calls for “Swift Action” to Prevent New HIV Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

As the opioid epidemic continues to worsen, public health officials are looking to new data and new perspectives to find a way forward. On the heels of their report on trends in HIV diagnoses, risk behaviors and prevention among people who inject drugs, the Centers for Disease Control hosted a press conference to discuss the implementation of syringe service programs in the U.S. Among the key messages delivered: People Who Inject Drugs know better than health care professional what services they need.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 16, 2016


Revolutionary Love, A Daily Practice, A Movement of Solidarity: The Many Meanings of Harm Reduction

Harm reduction work is happening every day in communities across the world. Every two years, hundreds of these community leaders come together to address the most urgent issues facing the harm reduction movement at the National Harm Reduction Conference. This year, I was incredibly lucky to attend the conference in San Diego to learn more about harm reduction in its many forms—as a theory, a practice, a community, and a movement.

Posted By: Emmett Patterson, Program Associate & Trainer, AIDS United - Monday, November 21, 2016


AIDS United: A Harm Reduction Compendium

As the 11th National Harm Reduction Conference approaches, now seems like a great opportunity to learn about the current harm reduction activities being carried out by AIDS United. Click on the link to find out more about AU's policies on syringe access, supervised injection facilities, federal funding implementation and more.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 28, 2016


Guest Blog: Building a Harm Reduction Community in Rural Colorado

At the Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project, we work in the small mountain towns of Clear Creek County, Colorado, creating and maintaining relationships with people who inject drugs. We are a three-person volunteer grass-roots organization, handing out supplies donated to us in bulk, and depending on word of mouth to reach new clients. We act in response to simple, stark need: our county has no rooted health services and no efficient way to address injection drug use.

Posted By: Susan Purchase & Elizabeth Stuart, Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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