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MAR08

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


MAR07

Positive Organizing Shero: Satrise Tillman

Satrise Tillman is a community leader and mentor in Detroit, MI. She has been living with HIV since September 2011 and recognized the need for more Trans women living with HIV to be in leadership roles in her community. Recently, she has been working closely with Bré Anne Campbell to open Sista Space, a safe space led by and for Trans women supported by the Positive Organizing Project, in collaboration with UNIFIED-HIV Health and Beyond. In recognition of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we had the opportunity to connect with Satrise to learn more about herself and her work in the HIV field. This interview is a part of the Positive Organizing Sheroes - Highlighting Women Making a Difference.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, March 07, 2017


MAR06

Positive Organizing Shero: Cindy Krampah

Cindy Krampah recently graduated from Rutgers with a degree in public health, and has been an administrative intern at the International Community of Women – North America since September 2016. In her role, she helps organize and run trainings and advocacy events for women living with HIV. In recognition of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we had the opportunity to connect with Cindy to learn more about herself and her work in the HIV field. This interview is a part of the series Positive Organizing Sheroes - Highlighting Women Making a Difference.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, March 06, 2017


MAR05

Positive Organizing Shero: Martha Cameron

Martha Cameron is a lifelong advocate for women and girls living with HIV. Currently, she works at The Women’s Collective, where they are mobilizing women living with HIV as advocates and community speakers. I was privileged to speak with Martha and learn more about her upcoming retreat, motivations, and reflections on 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 - Sunday, March 05, 2017


JUN28

Science Alone Can't Create a Just World

I often talk about what it was like testing HIV-positive in 1992, when the only treatment available was AZT. Today, I consider the bounty of treatments available and the many more in development. I think of what science has done for me, this field, and for so many others like me. Yet science alone can’t create a just world. In its purest form, science can be cold, calculated, and simply focused on what can be proven true or false. Science has delivered both cures and bombs, has been used for both good and bad. While science has the potential to fix much of what ails us — it won’t work for the advancement of us all without being firmly steeped in and led by our values.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, June 28, 2016


JUN24

Are you #DoingIt?

National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners. An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 45,000 every year. One in eight people who have HIV don't know it. That means they aren't getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, June 24, 2016


MAY13

Remembering and Acting on Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

My friend Ron Sy—a longtime HIV and Asian Pacific Islander LGBT activist—died suddenly, earlier this year. May is Asian Pacific Islander American heritage month, and Ron has been on my mind.

Posted By: Jacob Smith Yang, Senior Director of the Capacity for Health Program, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum - Friday, May 13, 2016


MAY13

Why Hepatitis Awareness Month and National Hepatitis Testing Day Matter

Recently someone from a local health department asked me how many Americans are living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). “Three to five million,” I responded. “That doesn’t seem like very many. Why should I care, given all the other public health concerns?” While I was surprised by this question, it made me realize many others may be wondering the same thing.

Posted By: Emalie Huriaux, Director of Federal & State Affairs, Project Inform - Friday, May 13, 2016


FEB05

Celebrating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2016 marks the 16th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. Black people, families, and communities have been among the most impacted by the HIV epidemic since its dawn. Research shows that poverty, isolation, and fear of discrimination, lack of affordable and accessible health care, and overt and systemic racism—compounded with deep-seated stigma—continue to place many in the Black community at-risk for infection. As Black youth, Black gay and bisexual men, and Black transgender women are disproportionately represented in new cases of HIV/AIDS annually in our nation, it is evident that intervention efforts must target our communities in order to effectively address the epidemic.

Posted By: By Venton C. Jones Jr., MSHCAD, Program Officer for LGBT Health and Wellness Initiatives, National Black Justice Coalition, Washington D.C. - Friday, February 05, 2016


DEC03

World AIDS Day: The Time to Act is Now

December 1 marked World AIDS Day, a time to remember and honor those who have died as a result of AIDS and HIV infection, commemorate the progress made in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, and emphasize the need for continued efforts in reaching goals of an AIDS-Free generation. The United States’ theme, The Time to Act Is Now, recognizes the critical moment we’ve reached. The HIV epidemic in the United States began with fear around an inexplicable illness and discrimination towards those impacted. Living with HIV was once seen as a death sentence. Through medical innovation, policy change, and the dedication of advocates, people living with HIV can now live full lives. Despite this progress, significant work lies ahead. In the United States, 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and only 30% of these people have reached viral suppression. There are stark disparities in the burden of HIV in certain communities and discriminatory practices still threaten the lives of all people living with HIV. From passionate statements during White House events to landmark actions by politicians across the country, World AIDS Day has made it clear - the time to act is now.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Thursday, December 03, 2015



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