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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


We're Not Going to Sit Out on The Future of North Carolina

This fall, North Carolina voters will once again cast their vote for a number of critical races that could impact the future of HIV treatment and prevention efforts in our state and across the South. The NC AIDS Action Network and Duke HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic work with both Democratic and Republican administrations to strengthen our AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and represent the interests of those living with HIV in our state. Just this year we were able to work with Republican legislators to successfully include language in both the state House and Senate budgets to expand access to health insurance for ADAP clients in our state. By working across the aisle and educating legislators about the public health and fiscal benefits of our work, we can achieve real benefits for those living with HIV in North Carolina.

Posted By: Lee Storrow, Executive Director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and Carolyn McAllaster, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Duke University’s HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic and Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) - Sunday, June 19, 2016


Policy Reactions to the Tragic Orlando Shooting

AIDS United joins the nation this week mourning the loss of 49 souls as well as the 53 wounded at the Orlando gay club ‘Pulse’ in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The shooting, which targeted LGBTQ patrons and straight allies, prompted condemnation from across the political spectrum.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, June 17, 2016


New Data on HIV Among MSM: Better Knowledge. Better Response?

A new analysis of data released earlier this week by CDC officials and researchers from Emory University provided an improved estimate of the prevalence of HIV in 2012 among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. The analysis is in a report published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The report features prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in 2012 and rates of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 among MSM in U.S. states, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and counties. The report is further evidence of the huge burden of HIV among MSM. The national estimated HIV prevalence among MSM in 2012 was 15%. The national estimate of diagnosed HIV infection among MSM in 2012 was 11%. The data demonstrate the stark and disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM in the South.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Sunday, May 22, 2016


Our Stories Can Change World

From humanizing an epidemic to making concrete the systemic barriers many of us face in accessing care -- stories have always been a powerful tool for our community.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, May 20, 2016


Southern REACH Returns From Atlanta

Last month, AIDS United hosted the 2016 Southern REACH convening in Atlanta, GA! Grantees, speakers, and guests gathered to engage in meaningful discussions and share the amazing work happening around HIV in the South. The week was filled with difficult conversations, a true collaborative spirit, learning opportunities, amazing sessions, and great food!

Posted By: Adele Appiah, Program Associate, AIDS United - Monday, April 25, 2016


The Veil of HB2: Spotlighting Transgender Issues to Cover Multi-Issue Legislative Attacks

Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, a law that targets transgender people while also broadly attacking workers and local democracy. The full implications of HB2 have not been recognized in much of the media coverage, both in terms of the specific harms to trans workers of color, particularly trans women of color, as well as the broader effect of the law on all workers in North Carolina. By recognizing the full scope of the law while also centering our strategies as advocates for the communities most impacted, we’ll be in a stronger position to fight similar bills when introduced around the country.

Posted By: Preston Van Vliet, National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project - Friday, April 22, 2016


Embracing the Person First: an Essay on Language and Addiction

Language is at the root of every culture. Deeply imbedded in our daily interactions is the use of language, in the form of information sharing and receiving, emotional expression, and basic exchanges between people. It is easy to not think much about the words we use in the course of our day to describe people, places, and things. For example, most of the words used to describe individuals who use drugs are disempowering, yet socially acceptable. We characterize people who use drugs in noun form: addict, junkie, alcoholic, mentally ill, as though these humans are solely defined by the ailment of addiction. The pervasive use of these words perpetuates the stigma surrounding the substance use community.

Posted By: Amanda Stem, MSW, Advocacy Supervisor at the Western North Carolina AIDS Project, feat. insight from Conner Adams, Harm Reduction Champion - Tuesday, April 12, 2016


The “New” Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use in the United States is largely viewed as an “urban” problem – far removed from suburban or rural communities, historically considered law enforcement’s problem to solve. The classic image of a “junky” is often coded racially to refer to poor urban black and Hispanic users. However, in recent years, heroin use has been steadily increasing outside of the “stereotypical” cityscapes it is most often associated with. This is inescapably tied to both the rise of prescription opiate abuse and subsequent efforts to curb that abuse, such as introducing tamper proof pills or restricting the ease of access through implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs.

Posted By: The AIDS United Policy Department - Tuesday, February 09, 2016


World AIDS Day 2015: Making the Promise a Reality

This World AIDS Day, help us make the promise a reality. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift or monthly pledge to AIDS United. By investing in our work, we can continue to advance our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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