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Speak it into existence: Talking about HIV can help end it

Nine years ago, after checking myself into the hospital for what I thought was a very bad flu, I learned that my situation was more severe. I had a staph infection and a late stage HIV diagnosis, more commonly known as AIDS. I felt the firsthand the fear that I imagine so many people experienced in the 80’s and 90’s.

Posted By: Julio Fonseca, Program Manager - Monday, October 15, 2018


We're Talking HIV

Today, we're sharing why we talk about HIV. Raising awareness and ending stigma are just a couple of reasons. What are some of yours?

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, September 27, 2018


Before Celebrities Spoke of AIDS: A Reflection from the Beginning of the Epidemic

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, our friends from the Desert AIDS Project, including founding executive director George Sonsel, look back to the beginning of the HIV epidemic and reflect on what the progress since then means to them.

Posted By: Desert AIDS Project - Friday, September 14, 2018


Respecting My Elders

Self-described 'burgeoning adult' reflects on what it means to respect your elders on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.

Posted By: Joseph Sewell, Program Associate - Thursday, September 13, 2018


HIV Testing Day - We're Doing It Our Way

Today marks the 24th National HIV Testing Day – a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.

Posted By: AIDS United - Wednesday, June 27, 2018


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


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


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


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


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

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