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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


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


A Message From Our Board Chair

Some of you may have already heard that after three and a half years of service, Michael Kaplan, President & CEO of AIDS United, will depart the agency on 6/30/16. On behalf of the entire AIDS United Board of Trustees, I want to publicly thank him for his exemplary service to AIDS United, update you on the state of the agency, and outline some key transition-related next steps.

Posted By: Robert "Bobby" Hilliard, Jr. MD, Chair of the AIDS United Board of Trustees - Thursday, May 12, 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


AIDS United AmeriCorps Alumni Spotlight: Maya Kailas

Maya Kailas served as an AIDS United AmeriCorps program in Chicago, IL from 2014-2015. She recently began medical school at Boston University. We caught up with Maya to discuss her experience in medical school, how she stays involved in public health, and how AmeriCorps influenced her career goals.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Friday, April 08, 2016

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