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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


A First-Time Peek from the Hill at AIDSWatch 2017

The energy of the tribe of my fellow HIV advocates at AIDSWatch 2017 echoed the heartbeat of those we have lost from the beginning of the epidemic. I was honored to walk to halls of the Capitol building and speak for those lives, my life with every congressperson and staffer I met. Our collective voices together are the rhythm of that heartbeat that will spark change and become a deafening war cry to our legislators if they don’t listen to us.

Posted By: Kamaria Laffrey, Positive Women's Network - USA, SERO Project - Wednesday, April 05, 2017


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


Positive Organizing Shero: Teresa Sullivan

Teresa Sullivan is an HIV educator and advocate. She has worked with Philadelphia FIGHT for the past 10 years and is a board member of the Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA) and an active member of the PWN-USA Philadelphia chapter. Her work is grounded in activism, and she strives to make sure that people living with HIV can live free from stigma and discrimination. We were privileged to speak with Teresa in recognition of her work and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This interview is a part of the series Positive Organizing Sheroes - Highlighting Women Making a Difference.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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