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Puerto Rico can’t be left out or left behind

Last weekend, AIDS United staff had the opportunity to attend Lazos Creando Fuerzas (Connections Creating Strengths) in San Juan, the fifteenth conference of Puerto Rico CoNCRA, a community organization serving Puerto Ricans living with and affected by HIV.

Posted By: Paola Barahona - Friday, August 31, 2018


AIDS United at 2018 USCA!

Next week, September 6 - 9, the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place in Orlando, FL. And AIDS United will be there in full force!

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, August 30, 2018


AIDS United First-Ever Trans Leadership Initiative Grantees Make Big Waves in their Communities

This summer marked the conclusion of AIDS United’s inaugural round of Transgender Leadership Initiative (TLI) grants. Over the past year, eight organizations funded through TLI developed and ran community-driven projects to solidify transgender power in our society and respond to the dire affects of the HIV epidemic experienced by transgender communities. In that brief time, our amazing cohort of grantees have accomplished some incredible things.

Posted By: Shannon Wyss, Program Manager - Friday, August 17, 2018


Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Another Scott County? Probably Not

4 years ago, few people outside of the roughly 24,000 folks who lived there had ever heard of Scott County, Indiana. Unfortunately, today, thanks to an injection drug use-fueled HIV outbreak there which resulted in 200 people contracting the virus, Scott County is now shorthand for the type of syndemic opioid-related disaster that HIV advocates and public health experts are worried will happen again. Fortunately, an outbreak as explosive as the one in Scott County has yet to occur, but that fact is some of the only solace that can be taken from the trends in injection drug use and new HIV diagnoses in the United States that have taken place in the intervening years.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 03, 2018


New Study Shows Promising Support for Syringe Access and Disappointing Opposition to Medication Assisted Treatment

There are many barriers to effectively addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States, but few are as pernicious and intractable as stigma.According to a recent poll conducted by Politico and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 37% of Americans still erroneously believe that opioid use disorders are the result of a personal weakness or failing on the part of the individual. However, the general public was pretty evenly split on the issue of syringe access programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 27, 2018


Bettering the world through Harm Reduction

Pam Lynch, LMSW, CAADC was involved in starting the first syringe services programs in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids, Michigan in the late 1990s. Lynch now co-directs Harm Reduction Michigan, a Syringe Access Fund grantee, that provides harm reduction resources, and syringe access services throughout the state of Michigan.

Posted By: AIDS United - Monday, July 23, 2018


We want your feedback on the Ending the Epidemic Plan!

The Act Now End AIDS Coalition want your comments on the Ending the Epidemic Plan!

Posted By: The Act Now End AIDS Coalition - Friday, July 20, 2018


HIV Hurricane Relief Effort - There's Still Work to be Done

The HIV Hurricane Relief Effort is unique among AIDS United’s grantmaking portfolios. It was our first fund to support rapid-response grantmaking and remains our only initiative to focus exclusively on this kind of grant. It’s also one of our most flexible funds. Grants can be used to support everything from replacing organizations’ roofs and floors to assisting clients with buying new appliances and mattresses, gaining access to transportation, and purchasing children’s school uniforms.

Posted By: Shannon Wyss, Program Manager - Thursday, July 12, 2018


In Passing Opioid Legislation, the House Opts for Quantity Over Quality

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives continued on with its prodigious passage of opioid crisis-related legislation, passing 37 separate bills designed to address the issue from a wide variety of angles. However, while the House has certainly not been lacking in terms of the quantity of opioid bills passed as of late, the quality of said bills—or at the very least their relative impact on a crisis that takes the lives of 115 people every day in the United States—is still in doubt.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 15, 2018


As Congress Focuses on Opioids, Methamphetamine & Other Drugs Go Unaddressed

As recently as 5 years ago, much of Congress was either unaware of or untroubled by the opioid epidemic that was impacting their constituencies, and the amount of time they devoted to opioid misuse was woefully insufficient for the scale of crisis at hand. Today, that imbalance has certainly been righted, but many treatment providers and public health experts across the country are worried that hyperfocus on opioids is coming at the expense of other drug crises that demand attention.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 25, 2018

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