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MAY18

Amanda Reese: People who Use Drugs Deserve Compassionate Care

Amanda Reese is part of the team at Open Aid Alliance, a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund, which is managed by AIDS United. Open Aid Alliance is a Montana organization dedicated to engaging and empowering hard to reach, underserved people by promoting harm reduction and compassionate care. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Amanda to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; Open Aid Alliance's syringe service program; and what motivates her to do this critical work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY14

Meet Sarah Ziegenhorn: Harm Reduction Powerhouse

Sarah Ziegenhorn is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC), a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund. She oversees the organization’s community outreach, overdose prevention, legislative advocacy, and harm reduction education programs, as well as development and evaluation. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Sarah to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; her state advocacy work; and what inspires her to keep fighting.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, May 14, 2018


APR18

Elevating Trans Voices

My lived experiences got me involved in this work. I faced rejection, discrimination, sexual and physical assault, homelessness, and other bumps in my journey. And some of my experiences I would not wish on anyone, let alone the younger generation. I can't stop any of that from happening and we all will have to come across them. So my plan was to learn a way to help the youth through whatever life can throw at us.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Joi-Elle White, Positive Impact Health Centers - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


APR17

Tori Cooper: Transgender Representation is Important

Tori Cooper is an HIV Health Educator in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Through Positive Impact Health Centers, a grantee of AIDS United's Transgender Leadership Initiative, Ms. Cooper and her colleagues created a leadership course for transgender individuals to increase participants’ HIV knowledge and to improve HIV service delivery, health and social justice outcomes for their peers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and is currently matriculating towards her Master of Arts in Public Health. Ms. Cooper has over 25 years of experience in the HIV field beginning as a volunteer during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. We were excited to connect with her to learn more about her work and motivations and to hear about the importance of National Transgender HIV Testing Day.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


APR10

Youth in Motion: Thomas Davis uses dance to combat HIV stigma and create community

Thomas Davis has been living with HIV since 2013 and he has turned dance into a platform for self expression, motivation, and to end HIV stigma. Through the Catharsis Project, a grantee of AIDS United's Positive Organizing Project, Thomas and his fellow dancers use dance and multimedia as a way to share stories and experiences about the HIV epidemic - especially with younger generations. We were excited to connect with Thomas to learn more about his work, motivations, and future goals.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, April 10, 2018


MAR29

Positive Organizing Shero: Mona Jessi

Mona Jessi has been living with HIV since 1999 and she has not let her diagnosis slow her down. Instead, she is powerhouse advocate who trains other women living with HIV in Texas to be their advocates. She is an active member of PWN-USA's Texas chapter and serves on her Ryan White Planning Council. We were excited to connect with Mona to learn more about her work, her motivations, and future goals.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, March 29, 2018


MAR20

Harm Reduction is Critical in Indian Communities

Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange provides Native Americans, and others, living in and around the Bad River Indian Reservation with access to sterile injection equipment, naloxone and the means to dispose of used injection equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Philomena Kebec, Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange - Tuesday, March 20, 2018


MAR10

30 years of promoting women's leadership in the struggle to end AIDS

A reflection on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by Rashida Muhammad, Director of Fundraising & Development at AIDS United

Posted By: Rashida Muhammad, Director of Fundraising & Development - Saturday, March 10, 2018


MAR08

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


FEB07

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



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