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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


MAY17

Cecilia Chung: Finding My Purpose

Cecilia Chung is Senior Director of Strategic Projects for the Transgender Law Center and a Health Commissioner of San Francisco. Ms. Chung is an internationally recognized human rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment access, as well as LGBT equality, and social justice broadly. She is a founder of Positively Trans, a project focused on trans leaders with HIV. She also the first person of trans experience to serve on AIDS United’s Board. We were honored to talk with Ms. Chung about her work, motivations, and the importance of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, May 17, 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


MAY01

My HIV diagnosis helped me find my life passion

Social media and DJing don't usually come to mind when you think of HIV and AIDS activism. So, let me start from the beginning.

Posted By: Guest Blog: Derek Canas - Tuesday, May 01, 2018


APR20

New Research Provides Clarity on Questions of HIV-Related Accelerated Aging

It’s long been questioned if living with HIV, or using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to manage the virus, causes accelerated aging, but new research might finally be giving some answers. Researchers now say that the longer someone living with HIV goes without beginning antiretroviral therapy, the worse these long-term health outcomes are likely to be.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 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


APR12

An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 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


APR06

Grindr and CVS Inappropriately Disclose Customer HIV Statuses

Two major incidents involving inappropriate corporate disclosure of clients’ HIV statuses have gained national attention recently. Earlier this week, it was revealed by Buzzfeed News that the queer dating app Grindr was transferring the information of its users – including serostatus and location – to two tech companies. At the same time, a class action lawsuit was recently filed against CVS by three anonymous plaintiffs in Ohio for damages stemming from a improper mass mailing disclosure of their HIV status from last summer.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 06, 2018



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