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Harm Reduction is Critical in Indian Communities

Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange provides Native Americans, and others, living in and around the Bad River Indian Reservation with access to sterile injection equipment, naloxone and the means to dispose of used injection equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Philomena Kebec, Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange - Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Our Top Blogs and Articles from 2017

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these pieces from the past year!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Continuing Forward: Leadership For Now

I got a call in May 2016. “Jesse we are searching for the interim President & CEO of AIDS United…. Are you interested?” Without missing a heartbeat, I thought to myself, “You must do this – now!” My life changed immediately. I could never have predicted all the other changes coming in 2016. For all of us living with, working for, and affected by HIV in America, 2016 was a year of unexpected change.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr, President & CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Syringe Services: A Critical Piece to Ending the HIV Epidemic

In April, I visited the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC), a Syringe Access Fund grantee. Syringe exchange is currently illegal in Texas and AHRC’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers face the risk of legal action every day. They operate the exchange through a mobile unit, disposing of used syringes and providing new equipment and wound care. They also cooperate with another organization in-house to run an STI, HIV, and hepatitis C testing clinic once a week out of their office space. People who test positive are connected to care. AHRC’s work is vital to ending the HIV epidemic, especially given societal hurdles.

Posted By: Zach Ford, Program Manager - Wednesday, June 21, 2017


AIDS United: A Harm Reduction Compendium

As the 11th National Harm Reduction Conference approaches, now seems like a great opportunity to learn about the current harm reduction activities being carried out by AIDS United. Click on the link to find out more about AU's policies on syringe access, supervised injection facilities, federal funding implementation and more.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 28, 2016


Guest Blog: Building a Harm Reduction Community in Rural Colorado

At the Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project, we work in the small mountain towns of Clear Creek County, Colorado, creating and maintaining relationships with people who inject drugs. We are a three-person volunteer grass-roots organization, handing out supplies donated to us in bulk, and depending on word of mouth to reach new clients. We act in response to simple, stark need: our county has no rooted health services and no efficient way to address injection drug use.

Posted By: Susan Purchase & Elizabeth Stuart, Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project - Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Syringe Access Victory in North Carolina

In the closing week of June, both branches of the North Carolina legislature passed H.B. 972, which would legalize syringe services programs (SSPs) in the state–as part of a bipartisan effort focused on the health of people who inject drugs, the communities they live in, and the safety of emergency and law enforcement personnel from accidental needlesticks. When signed by the Governor, the bill will allow the Department of Health and community-based organizations to legally distribute sterile-injection supplies, naloxone, and safely dispose of used needles.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, July 01, 2016


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


When You Can’t Veto Harm Reduction

As the month of April drew to a close, a showdown brewed in Maine. Like many parts of the country, the state has seen a spike in opiate abuse in the past several years, culminating in a near doubling of heroin related overdose fatalities between 2014 and 2015. The rise of injection drug use in Maine is connected to a significant increase in acute hepatitis C infection, a trend which is thought to be a warning sign for a potential outbreak of HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, May 06, 2016


Congress Seeks Common Ground

If we were to compare Congress to formations on this Earth it would be an archipelago, or a group of islands, as the 535 members continue to stand apart from one another. With little common ground to be found, work on the federal appropriations process is moving at a glacial pace. The House goes into recess next week, and will have only a handful of days when they return to session on May 10th before the May 15th deadline, the date after which it can legally consider appropriations bills on the House floor absent a budget resolution.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, April 29, 2016

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