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    Media Registration Call: Nation’s Largest HIV/AIDS Conference Comes to San Diego

    - Advocates, Care Providers, and People Living with HIV to Strategize on ACA Enrollment, High Impact Prevention, and PrEP -


    San Diego, CA – 18 years since its first convening, the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will make San Diego its home this October bringing the HIV community together under one vision, to end this epidemic. As the largest annual AIDS-related gathering in the country, USCA has stuck true to its roots, increasing the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the epidemic through education, training, collaboration and networking. USCA will continue to highlight the way the Affordable Care Act is expanding access to coverage and what that means for the Ryan White Program, while also focusing on the challenges posed by the rapidly changing health care landscape. Indeed, these changes inspired this year’s theme: Transforming Together.

    Featured speakers include Dr. Laura Cheever, Associate Administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) Dr. Jono Mermin, as well as his successor Dr. Eugene McCray, who stepped in as Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Center earlier this month. Also addressing attendees will be the recently appointed White House Office on National AIDS Policy (ONAP) Director, Douglas Brooks, the first Black gay man living openly with HIV to hold that position.

    Additional notable speakers include, Mark Harrington from Treatment Action Group and Charles King from Housing Works, both of whom will share their experiences working to develop New York State’s recently unveiled plan to end AIDS by 2020. There will be more than 200 hundred other workshops and session available this year, providing advocates, activists and all those in attendance the latest and most cutting edge strategies to address the needs of those living with and vulnerable to HIV.

    WHAT: United States Conference on AIDS

    WHERE: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

    WHEN: October 2-5, 2014

    The target for this year's conference is the nation’s diverse Latino population, with a focus on access to health care. As the largest minority group in the U.S., Hispanics are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2010, Latinos comprised 16% of the U.S. population or 44.3 million people, yet represented 19% of new HIV infections. Latino men are more than three times as likely to be diagnosed with HIV as their white counterparts. At the same time, Latina women are four times more likely to be infected than white women. As this population continues to grow, it is particularly critical that we address the unique health care needs of Latinos if we are to realize the vision of an AIDS-free generation.

    **Media outlets who wish to attend are eligible for up to 2 comp media passes for the conference and a media room will be available onsite for those who attend. To register, please visit NMAC’s media registration page at nmac.convio.net/2014USCAMedia or contact Kyle Murphy at kmurphy@nmac.org by Aug. 29. On site registration will also be available in the Media Room located in the conference center.

    NMAC represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS Service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.


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    Second Annual National African American Hepatitis C Action Day to Provide Access to Health Screenings and Resources Nationwide


    - National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) and Its Partners Organize Major Mobilization Effort to Reduce the Rate of HCV in the Black Community -

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (New York, NY) — National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD), a national mobilization initiative officially proclaimed in July 2013, is aimed at reducing the high incidence of Hepatitis C infection in black communities. The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), Coalition On Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.), and Harm Reduction Coalition will present their second annual Hepatitis C Action Day on Friday, July 25, throughout the nation.

    To promote awareness and draw attention to this neglected health disparity, the NAAHCAD initiative targets areas where the virus has the greatest impact on the African American population. With the assistance of local health partners, government agencies, and elected officials, free testing and informational events will be offered throughout the day in various cities of the United States.

    In New York City, NAAHCAD will kick off with an invitation-only breakfast forum, “Sound the Alarm: Hepatitis C and Its Impact on the Black Community,” at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem. Moderated by Ms. Fields, the forum is intended as a call to action for community stakeholders and health care professionals throughout the city’s five boroughs to combat Hepatitis C. The forum will be followed by a Hepatitis C Community Health Fair from 11 am to 4 pm at the Adam Clayton Powell State Building Plaza, 163 West 125th Street (corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.) in Harlem. Presented by NBLCA, C.O.P.E., and the Harm Reduction Coalition, the health fair is free and open to the public and will feature free screening, guidance, and resources, as well as music, dance demonstrations, and activities for children.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.2 million Americans—more than 75 percent of whom are “Baby Boomers” born between 1945 and 1965—are infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and, because there are often no noticeable symptoms, most don’t know they are infected. An estimated 22 percent of people living with chronic Hepatitis C are African American, a higher rate than whites and other racial and ethnic groups.

    HCV, transmitted by blood-to-blood contact, can be detected through a simple blood test. It is a leading cause of potentially fatal liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. “We call this a ‘day of action’ because we need to ensure that deliberate actions are taken to stem the tide of the Hepatitis C epidemic in black communities throughout the nation,” said NBLCA President and CEO C. Virginia Fields. “NBLCA and its partners are working together to create awareness about this critical and under-recognized health problem.”

    A public service campaign made possible by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, “Hepatitis C: The Silent Killer,” features bus shelter advertisements in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, as well as public service announcements on radio stations throughout the state. Announcements are also running on radio stations in several other U.S. cities.

    NAAHCAD events are sponsored and funded by The American Liver Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, New York Community Trust, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and the NY City Council Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Initiative. For more information about National African American Hepatitis C Action Day testing events and resources, visit www.nblca.org. To schedule an interview with an NAAHCAD spokesperson, contact Teri Wade, 212-595-4047, teri@missionandmessage.com


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    PROJECT1VOICE ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY 2014


    - International salute to African American theater presents staged reading of FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF by Ntozake Shange at Harlem Hospital Pavilion in New York on MONDAY, JUNE 16 in conjunction with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.(NBLCA) -

    New York, NY (May 22, 2014) – Project1VOICE will present FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF by Ntozake Shange in partnership with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Harlem Hospital Pavilion at 506 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Boulevard in New York City. The fourth annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY event celebrates what it means to be female in the 21st century, with a focus on empowering women and girls.

    This international experience, which includes over 30 black theaters and diverse institutions throughout the world, will feature readings by prominent actors and local enthusiasts. Project1VOICE and NBLCA will present the flagship production in New York City, showcasing a star-studded cast under the direction of renowned actor and director Seret Scott. Actors participating in the NYC reading will include Tony Award-winners Trazana Beverley, LaChanze, Adriane Lenox, Tonya Pinkins, Lillias White, and many other celebrated actors. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by author, journalist, and blogger Demetria Lucas, with author Terrie Williams, author and HIV activist Dawn Breedon, and HIV and health advocate Dr. Aletha Maybank.

    For a complete list of participating theaters, visit www.project1VOICE.org. Tickets are $75, including a VIP reception with the cast and playwright. Tickets can be purchased at the NBLCA website.

    2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the stage debut of FOR COLORED GIRLS… The seminal work of American literature uniquely combines poetry, dance and music—placing the African American female’s experience in America unapologetically at center stage. The Tony and Obie Award-winning play is a compilation of 20 poems, collectively called a “choreopoem.” Shange’s poetry expresses the struggles and obstacles that all women may face in their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is only known by a color, such as Lady in Red. The women in the play learn to celebrate their beauty, their friendships, their scars, their successes, and their connection to something larger and divine. With vivid, lyrical language—specific in its pain and universal in its reach—FOR COLORED GIRLS… evokes feelings that continue to excite, inspire, and transform audiences around the world, four decades after becoming a Broadway sensation.

    “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Project1VOICE on this production of Shange’s FOR COLORED GIRLS…, with such an impressive group of actors and partners,” said C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of NBLCA. “The play continues to speak to the most challenging issues facing women; it is an important reminder in our continued fight against HIV and other health disparities and social barriers that have a disproportionate impact on women of color. FOR COLORED GIRLS… inspires us, celebrates women, and honors those who are committed to advancing social change.”

    “The FOR COLORED GIRLS… Initiative celebrates and honors womanhood. This is a movement that seeks to empower, and to encourage good mental and physical health care practices among women and girls using art as the catalyst for ongoing conversations to ignite change," said Project1VOICE Founder and CEO Erich McMillan-McCall. "This initiative is inspired by my mother—all mothers; what better way to celebrate and honor womanhood. Together, Project1VOICE with NBLCA and all our partners internationally will educate, enlighten, entertain, and save lives!”

    Project1VOICE, in partnership with NBLCA, will use the staged readings of FOR COLORED GIRLS… to expand the conversation about the well-being of women and girls. For more information about 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY and other programs and events offered by Project1VOICE, visit www.project1VOICE.org. To find out more about the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., visitwww.nblca.org

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    About FOR COLORED GIRLS…
    Playwright Ntozake Shange (née Paulette Williams) attended Barnard College and UCLA, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in American Studies. Her work as an educator, performer/director and writer draws heavily on her experiences of being a black female in America. Best known for her play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, other plays by Shange include A Photograph: A Study of Cruelty, Boogie Woogie Landscapes, Spell No. 7 and Black and White Two Dimensional Planes.

    About Project1VOICE (Producer)
    Founded by actor/producer Erich McMillan-McCall, Project1VOICE is a national organization whose mission is to strengthen and promote African American theater and playwrights through its innovative initiatives and approaches to audience development, volunteerism and community engagement, as well as fundraising. Project1VOICE focuses attention on the challenges confronting African American theaters and assists in providing solutions for sustainability and long-term institutional growth with programs that educate, enlighten and entertain. Project1VOICE seeks to preserve the legacy of African American theater and cultivate future generations of artists and arts patrons. What began as a grassroots organization for survival in response to the economic downturn of 2008-09 soon developed into a national initiative.

    Celebrating its 4th successful year, Project1VOICE is an evolving and continuing voice for American theater. Key members of the Project1VOICE team are producer/production manager Gwen Gilliam, award-winning playwright and MOTOWN: The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright and marketing consultant/producer Marcia Pendelton (Walk Tall Girl Productions). FOR COLORED GIRLS… is made possible with special permission granted by Samuel French.

    About the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (Producer)
    The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), founded in 1987, is the oldest and largest national non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. NBLCA’s mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower African American leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities through advocacy and policy; capacity-building; technical assistance; awareness; testing and screening; and linkage to care. www.nblca.org


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    (BPRW) National Action Network Honors AHF’s Michael Weinstein with ‘Keepers of the Dream’ Award


    - Awards, which are given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, “…honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life.” Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, was honored for his HIV/AIDS work; for launching the ‘AIDS is a Civil Right Issue’ national awareness and advocacy campaign which addresses the fact that African Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS; and for spearheading ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ marches and rallies in Washington, New York, Atlanta and Cleveland -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The National Action Network (NAN), the influential nonprofit civil rights group founded by Reverend Al Sharpton in 1991, honored AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) President Michael Weinstein with one of its ‘Keepers of the Dream’ Awards at a gala ceremony Wednesday night during the group’s 16th annual convention in New York City. According the NAN, the awards, which are given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, “…honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. The Keepers of the Dream awards are given by members of the civil rights community who have committed themselves to fairness and racial harmony.”

    Keepers of the Dream
    AHF President Michael Weinstein (at podium) accepts a "Keepers of the Dream" award from Rev. Al Sharpton (back left) and Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Nation Action Network Chairman (back right, holding award) at the 16th annual "Keepers of the Dream" awards gala in New York City on April 9, 2014 (Photo: Business Wire)


    Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, was honored for his HIV/AIDS work; for launching the‘AIDS is a Civil Right Issue’ awareness and advocacy campaign which addresses the fact that African Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS; and for spearheading ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ marches and rallies in Washington, New York, Atlanta and Cleveland. Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, National Action Network and Reverend Sharpton presented the award.

    “I am humbled to be considered a ‘Keeper of the Dream’ and honored by this recognition by the National Action Network and the community,” said Michael Weinstein. “Sadly, AIDS today has a disproportionate—and devastating—impact on both the African American and Latino communities. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, working together with partners like Reverend Sharpton as well as churches, non-profits and community groups around the nation are striving to open a frank dialogue within the community to address these health disparities through forums including our ‘AIDS Is A Civil Right Issue’ events. The campaign and these town hall discussions also emphasize the fact that access to HIV prevention, care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be universal. While deeply honored by this award, we still have much work to do in this fight. We must also remember and commend the work of those like Dr. King, who came before us and helped pave the way for such awareness campaigns to be possible.”

    AHF launched its ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ national awareness campaign on Martin Luther King Day, and it was supported by events throughout February in Jackson, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dallas and Los Angeles – all of which featured Sharpton as the keynote speaker – that reached out through community partners and religious institutions to raise awareness within each city’s African-American community. AHF expanded the reach and imagery of the campaign’s billboard component—which initially featured artwork consisting of a stylized, artistic rendering of civil rights icon Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. with the headline, ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’—by posting similar artwork featuring Cesar Chavez with the tagline, ‘SIDA, Cuestíon de Derechos Humanos’ in Miami and Los Angeles in March.

    Sharpton founded the nonprofit civil rights group National Action Network in New York City in 1991. This year’s four-day convention will feature discussions on elections, gun violence, immigration, women’s rights, and the annual “Keepers of the Dream” reception, which spotlights modern-day civil rights efforts that align with and support hopes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. expressed in his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.

    About AHF
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 300,000 individuals in 32 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @AIDSHealthcare

    Source: AIDS Healthcare Foundation


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    THE CAPITAL CITY PLEDGE TO TEST, A NEW HIV TESTING SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN, LAUNCHES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 2 IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI TO COMMEMORATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR THE HEALING OF AIDS


    - Social Media Campaign Asks Residents of Jackson, MS to Pledge to Get Tested for HIV and Share that Pledge on Social Media -

    (Jackson, MS -- For immediate release, February 26, 2014) The Capital City Pledge to Test, a multi-tiered IRB- approved study conducted by investigators from Georgia State University, in association with ProofPilot, will launch in Jackson, Mississippi beginning on March 2, 2014, in partnership with, and to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

    THE CAPITAL CITY PLEDGE TO TEST




    Jackson, Mississippi has one of the highest HIV rates in the United States, specifically among African American Men. The Capital City Pledge to Test is a social media campaign designed to de-stigmatize HIV testing in Jackson, by sharing a pledge to get tested for HIV on Facebook and other forms of social media. This campaign is for everyone in Jackson. The more people who pledge and share - the more HIV testing becomes just another routine health care task.

    The simple Capital City Pledge to Test website at https://v2.proofpilot.com/en/pledgetotest will let Jackson residents and students:

    - make a pledge to get tested for HIV

    - find a testing location

    - and most importantly, share that pledge with all their friends on Facebook and Twitter.

    Later, participants will get a reminder to get a test, and they can even confirm that they did so and share on Facebook or Twitter.

    According to Pernessa Seele, CEO/founder of The Balm in Gilead, "We are excited to support The Capital City Pledge to Test. Understanding the significance and important role faith leaders must play in Jackson, MS to encourage persons to get tested for HIV; the campaign is significantly launching the week of March 2-9, during The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. As so many congregations have already done in the South, we are encouraging all places of worship to take the pledge to get tested and encourage others to do the same.”

    Dr. Laura Salazar, Associate Dean for Research at Georgia State University, and Principal Investigator for the campaign states, “HIV/AIDS is a health crisis for African Americans especially for those living in urban areas of the Deep South such as Jackson, MS. The Capital City Pledge to Test is an important campaign as it encourages people to publicly commit to getting tested. Using social influence as a motivator, we can increase the likelihood of more people getting tested and knowing their status while also reducing stigma so that getting tested for HIV becomes as routine as getting your blood pressure or cholesterol checked.”

    For Jhetari T. Carney, Project Director for The Capital City Pledge to Test, this particular campaign is a very personal project. “As a native of Mississippi and an African American male, I can readily identify with the stigma associated with getting tested for HIV,” Carney states. “The Capital City Pledge to Test can be a great way to involve members of your family, church, and your friends in getting tested. It’s important that we stick together to get the epidemic under control. Please encourage those you love to ‘Pledge to Test’!”

    Jamal Jones, a PhD Student at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, reiterates, “HIV/AIDS is a major health disparity among the African American population, especially in urban areas of the deep south. The Capital City Pledge to Test is designed to reduce the stigma associated with HIV testing, because young black males, like me, will be encouraged to get tested when they see that others in their social groups have gotten tested for HIV. But let’s remember that we are all impacted by HIV and we all need to increase our testing no matter which race we are.”

    The Capital City Pledge to Test is sponsored by Georgia State University in Atlanta and ProofPilot inc, both of which are part of a larger effort to improve health-related conditions affecting urban areas within the United States.

    For additional information about The Balm in Gilead and the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, please visit www.balmingilead.org and www.nwpha.org.

    Media Contact:
    David Sperber
    David@ProofPilot.com
    818-441-1025


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    AFTER 21 YEARS OF LECTURING THE WORLD AND SPREADING AWARENESS ON HIV/AIDS RELATED TOPICS, SCOTT FRIED REMAINS HEALTH EDUCATION'S "BEST KEPT SECRET"


    - Fried, an Award-Winning Public Speaker and Author, Has Lectured in Every State in the US (As Well as Israel, England, Canada, Holland and Honduras) -

    SCOTT FRIED




    Miami, Florida - January 28, 2014 - Health Education's "Best Kept Secret," Scott Fried, continues educate and motivate young adults on HIV/AIDS related topics after 21 years. To date, he has spoken at over 1000 institutions, including colleges and universities, high schools and middle schools, summer camps, synagogues and churches - and has reached over one million people. In addition, Fried has lectured widely at youth retreats, juvenile detention centers and prisons, alternative schools, learning disabled populations, Gay/Straight Alliances, PTO meetings and teacher training workshops.

    "I don't teach SAFE sex, I teach SAFER SEX," proclaims Fried. "I'm fighting for the right for teenagers to have access to the information they need to survive."

    Topics that Fried "would like to make famous include:" bully prevention education, sexual responsibility, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, alternative sexuality, eating disorders, body image, self-mutilation, suicide, alcohol & drug misuse, dealing with divorce and broken-heartedness and intimacy in the age of social media, among others.

    Upon contracting HIV at the tender age of 24 (his first time having unprotected sex), he has made it his life's mission to educate the masses on how to refrain from dangerous behaviors that could lead to HIV infection and other crises.

    Currently writing his fourth book (a survival guide for parents of teenagers), Fried is the author behind If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive (a moving chronicle of his experiences and lectures), My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens (which is a cross-section of the thousands of letters from students who have written to Fried in an attempt to share their pain and doubt on such diverse topics as rape, eating disorders, suicide, self-mutilation, coming out, addiction and broken hearts), and A Private Midnight: A Teenager’s Scrapbook of Secrets (which is an encouraging guide for parents and teachers who are struggling to understand what lies beneath a teenager’s silence).

    His lectures recently earned him the “Collaborative Program of the Year” Award at the University of Pittsburgh and the “Outstanding Education Event” Award at Florida Tech. He is an annual guest speaker at the Office of President Clinton in New York City.

    Scott Fried


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    (BPRW) Reverend Al Sharpton to Headline ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ Town Hall, Tougaloo College, Feb 7th


    - Mississippi forum, a part of AHF’s new national ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ public awareness campaign, takes place on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Honorary guest speaker Reverend Al Sharpton will be followed by a town hall discussion exploring the fact that African Americans & Latinos continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Local partners include Tougaloo College, Mississippi Faith in Action, My Brother’s Keeper, Brown University’s Center for AIDS Research, CommonHealth ACTION and the Mississippi Center For Justice. -

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation is spearheading a new national public awareness campaign headlined "AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue" with events around the country. (Graphic: Business Wire)



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In response to the fact that African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has embarked on a new national “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue” public awareness campaign intended to highlight this health disparity as well as to emphasize the fact that access to HIV prevention, care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be universal.

    As part of its campaign, AHF has teamed with local Mississippi partners Tougaloo College, Mississippi Faith in Action, My Brother’s Keeper, Brown University’s Center for AIDS Research, CommonHealth ACTION and the Mississippi Center for Justice to host an ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ town hall discussion at Tougaloo College (Bennie G. Thompson Center) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday evening, February 7—National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The forum—which also takes place during Black History Month and during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—is the first in a nationwide series spearheaded by AHF. Reverend Al Sharpton will be keynote speaker, followed by a program featuring a town panel discussion with Hydeia Broadbent, an HIV/AIDS activist & humanitarian HIV-positive since birth, as well as several respected local community, political, heath, religious and HIV/AIDS leaders.

    WHAT: ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ TOWN HALL DISCUSSION; Keynote Speaker, Rev. Al Sharpton

    WHEN: Friday, February 7th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

    WHERE: Tougaloo College, Bennie G. Thompson Center 500 W. County Line Road, Jackson, MS 39174

    WHO: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Reverend Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Leader Hon. Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor, City of Jackson (introduces Rev. Sharpton)

    PANELISTS:
    Hydeia Broadbent, HIV/AIDS activist & humanitarian, HIV-positive since birth
    Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Department of Health
    Dwayne Pickett, Senior Pastor, New Jerusalem Church
    Reginald Buckley, Executive Pastor Cade Chapel
    Fenessa Halsell, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative
    M.C. & PANEL DISCUSSION MODERATOR: Othor Cain

    LOCAL MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Othor Cain, Mississippi Faith in Action, (601) 940-3361, othorcain@gmail.com (alternate) Phil Reh, AHF Associate Director of Community Outreach, (213) 361-8943, philip.reh@aidshealth.org

    Currently African Americans account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12% of the population. Latinos account for 21% of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16% of the U.S. population.

    Disproportionately high numbers of HIV/AIDS cases among communities of color may be caused by several factors, including:

    • Lack of access to clinics for care and HIV testing.

    • High levels of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in these communities prevent people from learning their HIV status, or from seeking care and speaking honestly with their partners if they know they are positive.

    • Both society and the healthcare industry have marginalized members of these communities both on account of sexual orientation and race, blocking essential treatment, care, and education for those who need it.

    “Our ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ public awareness campaign is intended to open dialogue with stakeholders in the community, the public health arena, and faith-based groups as well as public officials about health disparities and the importance of universal access to HIV prevention and care and treatment,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We are honored to have Reverend Sharpton and our esteemed partners in Mississippi lend their voices to this important cause and discussion.”

    Dr. Amy Nunn, a professor at Brown University who has conducted scientific research about racial disparities in HIV infection and how best to engage black clergy in HIV prevention, notes that, "HIV testing and treatment are among our most effective HIV prevention interventions. Scientists, activists, clergy and others must find common ground and work together to promote greater access to HIV testing and treatment. Access to these life saving services is a social justice issue."

    AHF’s ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ Billboard Campaign Running Now in Atlanta; Washington, DC; Columbus, OH; Baton Rouge, LA; Jackson, MS; South Florida and Los Angeles

    Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend in January, AHF launched its innovative national ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue’ billboard campaign. AHF’s billboards are intended to serve as a reminder of the fact that African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS compared with their respective percentages of the overall population. The campaign also hopes to send the message that access to HIV prevention and care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be a universal human right. The billboard campaign is running now in Atlanta; Washington, DC; Columbus, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; South Florida and in Los Angeles. In most of the cities, the campaign will also be posted as transit shelter ads.

    AHF Healthcare Centers in Mississippi & Louisiana
    To address some of the health disparities highlighted in the ‘AIDS is a Civil Right Issue” campaign and town hall forum, AIDS Healthcare Foundation recently opened two AHF Healthcare Centers in Southern states: One, in Jackson—the AHF Healthcare Center/Jackson, 766 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, MS 39216, +1 (877) 470.8071; the other, in Baton Rouge—AHF Healthcare Center/Baton Rouge, 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, +1 (225) 231-5733.

    AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue!
    Please join us and a multitude of faith-based communities in the South in illuminating and fighting the persisting bias against communities of color as we collectively strive to lower the incidence of HIV/AIDS, and together we can ensure all communities have equal access to the tools we need in this fight.

    About AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 279,000 individuals in 32 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.

    Source: AIDS Healthcare Foundation


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    (BPRW) AHF Commemorates Martin Luther King Day with "AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue" Billboard Campaign


    - As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, billboard suggests access to HIV prevention and care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be universal. Billboards to run in Atlanta; Washington, DC; Columbus, OH; Baton Rouge, LA; Jackson, MS; South Florida and in Los Angeles, where AHF is partnering on this with the group ‘In the Meantime Men.’ -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed this Monday, January 20th, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is releasing a new national billboard awareness campaign headlined “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue.”

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    To commemorate MLK Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched a new national billboard awareness campaign headlined "AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue." (Graphic: Business Wire)



    As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS compared with their respective percentages of the overall population, AHF’s billboards are intended to serve as a reminder of this and suggest that access to HIV prevention and care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be a universal human right.

    Currently African Americans account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12% of the population. Latinos account for 21% of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16% of the U.S. population.

    “We decided to commemorate the Martin Luther King Holiday with the launch of ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue,’ our new national awareness and advocacy campaign,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “Through the campaign, we hope to open dialogue with stakeholders in the community, the public health arena, and faith-based groups as well as public officials.”

    The billboard campaign is to run in Atlanta; Washington, DC; Columbus, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; South Florida and in Los Angeles, where AHF is partnering on the campaign with the group with In The Meantime Men whose mission is, “…to enrich, empower, and extend the lives of intergenerational black men, respectful of sexual orientation, through social, educational, health and wellness programs and services.” In most of the cities, the campaign will also be posted as transit shelter ads.

    Disproportionately high numbers of HIV/AIDS cases among communities of color may be caused by several factors, including:

    • Lack of access to clinics for care and HIV testing, as well as to condoms and safer sex educational opportunities.

    • High levels of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in these communities prevent people from learning their HIV status, or from seeking care and speaking honestly with their sexual partners if they know they are positive.

    • Both society and the healthcare industry have marginalized members of these communities both on account of sexual orientation and race, blocking essential treatment, care, and education for those who need it.

    AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue Join us and a multitude of faith-based communities in the South in illuminating and fighting the persisting bias against communities of color as we collectively strive to lower the incidence of HIV/AIDS, and together we can ensure all communities have equal access to the tools we need in this fight.

    About AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 279,000 individuals in 32 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.


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    (BPRW) GIRLS’ NIGHT IN! Join Alicia Keys For A Watch Party & Twitter Conversation: “We Are Empowered,” An Intimate Conversation with Five Women Living with HIV in the U.S.


    Sunday, January 19th at 8-9 pm EST/5-6 pm PST Streaming on VH1.com and GreaterThanAIDS.org Live Chat #WeAreEmpowered -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – MENLO PARK, CA, January 10, 2014 – Gather your girlfriends, your book club, your church group, your sorority sisters and claim the living room for a Girls’ Night In! Fourteen time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate, Alicia Keys, is joining with Greater Than AIDS to host a National Watch Party and Twitter Chat about women and HIV/AIDS in America Sunday, January 19th.

     GIRLS’ NIGHT IN!



    Ms. Keys is urging women and their loved ones to come together on Sunday January 19th between 8-9 pm ET (5-6 pm PT) and log on to VH1.com to watch “We Are Empowered,” an intimate and inspiring half-hour conversation about friendship, love and strength she had with five women living with HIV in the U.S. Ms. Keys will be live tweeting throughout the hour at #WeAreEmpowered.

    Clear Channel Radio will make available an audio version of the program for broadcast across its stations nationwide (check local stations for airtime). And Walgreens is helping to amplify the message through social media efforts by engaging popular bloggers to encourage their followers to take part and host their own watch parties.

    As a force in the global fight against AIDS, Keys has dedicated her work in philanthropy to help bring awareness to the urgency of HIV/AIDS. Now through Empowered, she is once again highlighting the power of women – as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV – to change the course of this disease through every day actions. “I was so moved by the strength, passion and messages of hope of the women of Empowered and I know you will be too,” said Alicia Keys. “The power is within all of us – whether HIV positive or negative – to make a difference in this fight.”

    Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States today, one in four is a woman. Women of color have been especially hard hit, accounting for the majority of new infections occurring among women in this country. If current trends continue, it is estimated that one in 32 Black women will contract HIV in her lifetime.

    “We Are Empowered” features five HIV positive women from different parts of the country in conversation with Ms. Keys: Cristina, a graduate student from the San Francisco Bay Area who was born with HIV; Eva, a home health care worker living in Atlanta with her family; Kym, a young professional living in Texas who learned she was positive after her new husband became sick and died as a result of HIV; Jen, a wife and mother in Portland (OR) who has being living with HIV for over 20 years; and Stephanie, a recent college graduate from North Carolina who appeared in an MTV special on youth and HIV. They share their stories in the hopes of reaching other women and showing how, whether positive or negative, we are all empowered in this fight.

    The event is presented as part of Empowered, a national public information campaign Ms. Keys launched with Greater Than AIDS last year to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. Through targeted media messages, community outreach and special promotions, the campaign promotes specific ways women are empowered in the face of HIV/AIDS, including:

    • EMPOWERED to know the facts about HIV/AIDS, including the impact of HIV on women
    • EMPOWERED to speak openly about HIV/AIDS with family, friends and others in our lives
    • EMPOWERED to protect ourselves and our loved ones
    • EMPOWERED to ask to be tested and to know doing so is an act of pride, not shame
    • EMPOWERED to live full and healthy lives and help prevent spread of disease if positive by staying on treatment

    For more information about Greater Than AIDS and the Empowered campaign, including for more details about the Empowered Watch Party & Conversation, visit: www.greaterthan.org/empowered.

    About Greater Than AIDS
    Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response focused on the U.S. domestic epidemic. Launched in 2009 by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Black AIDS Institute, Greater Than AIDS is supported by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners. Through targeted media messages and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS and its partners work to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and promote actions to stem the spread of the disease. While national in scope, Greater Than AIDS focuses on communities most affected.

    About Alicia Keys
    Alicia Keys is a 14 time Grammy Award® winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Since releasing her debut album, songs in A minor, Keys has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. As a philanthropist, Keys co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) which provides AIDS treatment, support, nutrition and love to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.


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    NMAC Honors the Legacy of Nelson Mandela


    - The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Director of Legislative and Public Affairs Kali Lindsey: -

    Washington, DC – “Today, the world honored the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Known to many simply as Madiba, or father, Mandela embodied not just the struggle of South Africans to free themselves from the shackles of apartheid, but the incredible fortitude of the human spirit. Despite his years of suffering at the hands of those who denied the dignity and self governance of Black South Africans, Mandela rose to lead the country out of turmoil and inspired the world in the process. His dedication to social justice and peace was unparalleled and will continue to inspire us as we work to realize his vision.

    “As a global advocate for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as an indefatigable opponent to poverty and injustice, NMAC has long admired Mandela and his work. His struggle and devotion to the underserved and marginalized mirrored our mission to empower people of color and combat the social inequities and health disparities that continue to drive the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the globe. His light inspired millions to believe that change is possible. And while the world, as well as NMAC mourns his passing, his legacy will continue to illuminate our path toward greater social justice and an end to this epidemic.”

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    The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of advocacy campaigns, public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.


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    Understanding and Preventing AIDS: A Book for Everyone


    - Available in three eBook formats: (1) a printable PDF version readable by any computer; (2) an Amazon Kindle version; and (3) an ePUB version which is readable by most Smartphones and any Apple device. Only 99 Cents! -

     Understanding and Preventing AIDS



    When first published, Understanding and Preventing AIDS: A Book for Everyone was adopted for staff education at Massachusetts General Hospital (the hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School) and the Walter Reed Army Medical Institute (the hospital responsible for the health of the President).

    Scientifically accurate, the booklet is written for the high school or collegiate reading level and explains, in biological terms, everything a sexually active person needs to know (and/or anyone for whom HIV/AIDS is a personal or professional concern). It’s a booklet you can comfortably recommend to your readers, and a booklet your readers can comfortably recommend to friends, family, and colleagues alike.

    Be ready for World AIDS Day with something your readers will truly appreciate. Accurate, accessible information has been proven to favorably affect sexual behavior. But watch out!!! They might learn some Biology in the process.

    Understanding and Preventing AIDS: A Book for Everyone [Kindle Edition]


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    HBO Documentary Film “The Battle of amfAR”


    - HBO Documentary Film “The Battle of amfAR” Premieres December 2, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT with a sneak preview to air on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2013) on HBO 2. -

    THE BATTLE OF AMFAR (premiering on HBO December 2nd at 9pm ET/PT with a sneak preview on HBO 2 on December 1st - World AIDS Day) tells the true story of when AIDS struck and two very different and extraordinary women – Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim – joined forces to take a stand and create America’s first AIDS research foundation, AmfAR. Their goal: to unveil the truth of the disease as a worldwide pandemic in desperate need of funding for scientific research to find a cure. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (HBO’s Sundance award-winning THE CELLULOID CLOSET and Oscar©-winning COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT) and executive produced by fashion mogul Kenneth Cole, THE BATTLE OF AMFAR chronicles the organization’s history and continuing importance in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    By tracing the roots of the AIDS pandemic—through the use of new and archival interviews, news broadcasts, time lapse fluorescence microscopy and animation—THE BATTLE OF AMFAR educates the viewer on the history of the stigma of the virus by examining the political and social attitudes towards those infected since the emergence of the disease. Rife with poignant interviews from co-founder Dr. Krim, footage of the late Elizabeth Taylor, and a myriad of scientists, physicians, gay rights and AIDS activists, THE BATTLE OF AMFAR not only contextualizes and tracks the creation of the nation’s first AIDS research foundation, but explores the contributions amfAR has made in the hunt for a cure for HIV/AIDS. Aileen Getty (Elizabeth Taylor’s former daughter-in-law), Regan Hofmann (former editor-in-chief of POZ Magazine) and Phil Wilson (Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute) all bring human elements to the film, furthering the narrative that the story of HIV/AIDS is a human one. Visit: http://www.thebattleofamfar.com/ for additional information.

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t1IRZhs_8Fg


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    SIMONSAYS GETS “25 TO LIFE”


    - COMPANY TO PRODUCE MIKE BROWN’S POWERFUL AND DEEPLY PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A PHILADELPHIA MAN’S LIFELONG STRUGGLE WITH HIV

    THE FILM WILL MARK SIMONSAYS’ FIRST DOCUMENTARY AND THEIR FOLLOW-UP TO THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED “BLUE CAPRICE” AND “MOTHER OF GEORGE" -


    October 15, 2013 (New York, NY) -- SimonSays Entertainment announced today it is coming on board to produce Mike Brown’s documentary 25 TO LIFE, a gripping and deeply moving portrait of a Philadelphia man’s struggle with HIV.

     SIMONSAYS GETS “25 TO LIFE”


    SimonSays Entertainment has had a very busy year, as one of the companies behind two of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed independent films of 2013: Alexandre Moors' BLUE CAPRICE and Andrew Dosunmu's MOTHER OF GEORGE. Both films (released by Sundance Selects and Oscilloscope Laboratories respectively) premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and are currently playing theatrically across the country.

    Film and theater production company SimonSays Entertainment, was founded in 2009 by actor and Tony Award-winning producer Ron Simons. With the simple motto -- Tell Every Story © – SimonSays focuses on projects that explore the oft-ignored outsider’s struggle for dignity and acceptance with an eye towards cultural preservation.

    Ron Simons also produced the Tony award-winning Broadway show VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.

    25 TO LIFE, directed by Howard University alum Mike Brown, is a deeply personal and moving portrait of William Brauner - a Philadelphia based man who kept his HIV status a secret for over 25 years. The film follows Brauner as he seeks redemption from his promiscuous past and embarks on a new phase of life with his HIV negative wife. A 2014 festival launch is anticipated for the film which was funded and supported by SimonSays, The Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The Good Pitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab and Tribeca All Access.

    25 TO LIFE will be the first documentary produced by SimonSays.

    Ron Simons says: “We're delighted to help bring this intimate, compelling and surprising work to life. The potential to engage, educate and influence choices that could affect the health and lives of young people, makes 25 TO LIFE a timely, important film destined to challenge misconceptions about HIV and the challenges faced by families affected by the disease.”

    BLUE CAPRICE and MOTHER OF GEORGE are continuing to expand theatrically across the country. Inspired by the 2002 Washington D.C. sniper attacks, BLUE CAPRICE stars Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond and investigates the genesis of the horrific events from the point of view of the two perpetrators. MOTHER OF GEORGE stars Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé and Yaya DaCosta in a story about a Nigerian immigrant living in Brooklyn torn between her Yoruba culture and her new life in America."

    SimonSays film productions, including NIGHT CATCHES US, GUN HILL ROAD, BLUE CAPRICE and MOTHER OF GEORGE have all screened at the Sundance Film Festival and have collectively been nominated for multiple festival awards (with several wins) and two Independent Spirit Awards.

    Notable theater productions for SimonSays include the multiple Tony Award-winning revival of PORGY & BESS starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, as well as the all-black Broadway production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker.

    For more information please visit:
    www.simonsaysentertainment.com
    http://25tolifefilmsite.com/


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    JUST BEEN TESTED


    In support of National HIV Testing Day (TODAY), JUST BEEN TESTED, a new social network that promotes healthy sexual habits and popularizes the practice of getting tested regularly for STIs, rides along with PO JOHNSON as she visits Out Of The Closet in Brooklyn to get tested and talks about the importance of knowing YOUR status!

    Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTWqslrKXeQ

    Po Johnson, commented:

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    MARK TALLMAN who plays "Reggie" on VH1's Single Ladies celebrating HIV awareness with JBT:



    “Together with my friends, I want to send a very powerful message to everyone who loves life and is a citizen of the world,” said Po Johnson. I got tested to know my status and was public about it to inspire others to do the same. Getting my test date verified through Just Been Tested was my way of supporting STD awareness and sexual health, similar to wearing a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness. We all have the power to protect our future and that includes your health. Know your HIV status. The time to act is now.”

    Alonzo Davis, founder and director of Just Been Tested, commented:

    "National HIV Testing Day is a good opportunity for people to step out of their comfort zone and be a leader. We’re excited to have teamed up with Po Johnson in helping to spread the importance of this message. Being comfortable is what creates the mentality in people that unprotected sex is 'ok' because the person looks clean. As a culture, it’s important we place as much of an emphasis on encouraging everyone to be responsible with their sexual health as we do with readily sharing our latest pictures from a birthday party or graduation or night on the town with friends, family and even complete strangers. There needs to be a cultural shift in how we approach the issue, especially with young people. Getting tested shouldn't be taboo; it’s not getting tested. At Just Been Tested, we popularize getting tested through Test Date Verification, prizing and more."

    Background on JBT:
    Just Been Tested is a fun, free social networking service designed to encourage like-minded people to get tested for sexual transmitted infections and interact with others that aim to be sexually responsible. JBT wants to reward you for knowing your STI status and adding to the dialogue about sex, relationships and overall sexual health. Join a network and community that understands the importance of sexual responsibility and isn’t afraid to show it!

    One unique feature of JBT’s platform is our Test Date Verification. This service allows members to authorize JBT to verify their latest STI testing date and display this date on their member page. JBT DOES NOT VERIFY results or type of test. Such information is left to the member to share on their own terms.

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    June 27 is National HIV Testing Day


    - An annual awareness and education campaign that aims to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get tested. -

    Alarming statistics according to the CDC:
    More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection Almost one in five adults and adolescents living with HIV are unaware that they are infected Men and woman in the African-American community make up close to 50% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. per year Men in the African-American community make up 70% of those new infections Women in the African-American community account for 9 out of 10 new HIV infections amongst women The over 50+ age group has one of the fastest rising rates of infection due to physician bias/assumption and lack of HIV community education targeting seniors

    Am I at risk for HIV?
    HIV is spread through some of the body’s fluids, like blood, semen/sperm, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV is passed from one person to another by:

    Having unprotected sex (vaginal and anal) with a person who is HIV positive
    Sharing needles
    Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
    Blood transfusion from contaminated blood

    Misconceptions and Myths about HIV infection:
    The biggest misconception about HIV is that you have to be "high risk.”

    FACT: High risk for HIV is anyone who has ever had sex with one partner, just one time. However, higher risk behaviors include multiple sexual partners, not using protection and IV drug use.

    MYTH: HIV can be spread through non-sexual physical contact such as hugging, handshakes, sharing toilet seats, and from mosquito bites.

    MYTH: HIV can be spread during contact with saliva, such as through kissing or the sharing of utensils.

    MYTH: HIV/AIDS cannot be transmitted during oral sex.

    Many feel as though HIV belongs to a "certain group", and they are therefore exempt from the risk. It is important to know that HIV can infect or affect anyone-male/female, married/single, homosexual/heterosexual, or young/old.

    Testing for HIV
    Make sure you are having the uncomfortable conversations regarding testing - not only with your partners and your loved ones, but also your physician. Physicians sometimes inappropriately assume that you are not at risk for HIV, thereby missing an opportunity for testing and HIV education.

    Take it upon yourself to request testing for HIV if your physician has not asked you if you want to be tested. It is now possible to know results of a testing in as little as 20 minutes with rapid testing, and it can even be done at home.

    If the test results are negative, you now have a responsibility to live your best life by protecting yourself and practicing safe sex each and every time you have sex. If the results are positive, you now have a responsibility to get counseled, get treatment, and then live your best life by protecting yourself and practicing safe sex each and every time you have sex.

    How can I prevent contracting HIV?
    Many are too afraid of the possibility of a positive result and therefore don't get tested. If the unfortunate happens, and you are exposed to HIV, it's important to know that medical advances and treatments have made it possible for anyone living with HIV to live relatively healthy lives.

    Abstain from having sex
    Practice safer sex: Use condoms
    Get tested regularly (Know your status before having sex with a partner)

    About The Urban Housecall
    The Urban Housecall was created to serve as a comprehensive health and wellness resource designed to meet the healthcare needs of the urban community. Dynamic duo husband and wife team, Dr. Rob & Karla Robinson are board-certified, licensed physicians. Dr. Rob specializes in internal medicine and Dr. Karla specializes in family and pediatric care.

    Drs. Rob & Karla Robinson have established The Urban Housecall Magazine, an online health and wellness magazine with health information for men, women, and children as well as The Urban Housecall Radio Show to promote the message of health and wellness through the airwaves.

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    Simone Smalls PR, Inc.
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    NMAC Launches Innovative Action Plan to Address HIV among Black Gay and Bisexual Men


    - Builds on Previous Public Health Strategies to Address Structural and Social Contributors to HIV Vulnerability -

    Washington, DC – To commemorate the anniversary of the first reported AIDS cases, as well as the opening of LGBT Pride Month, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has issued a new report, RISE Proud: Combatting HIV Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men. As a population, Black gay and bisexual men bear the heaviest burden of HIV in the United States. But for too long, much of the public health discourse has focused on epidemiological factors such as increased HIV prevalence and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections. These factors alone do not adequately explain the extraordinary and disproportionate impact HIV has on Black gay men and are an insufficient foundation upon which to build a response.

    [NMAC is launching its report at 10am ET at Howard University. The event can be viewed live via webcast at: http://blackmenrise.org/launch-rise

     National Minority AIDS Council



    “For decades, HIV has taken a heartbreaking toll on Black gay and bisexual men,” said NMAC Director of Legislative and Public Policy Kali Lindsey. “But the proportion of resources and attention directed toward the unique and specific needs of Black gay and bisexual men has never adequately reflected the scope of the crisis or been completely understood. On World AIDS Day 2011, President Obama said that we must do more to show that ‘the lives of Black gay men matter.’ This long over due call to arms, requires that we not only increase funding for organizations that serve the health needs of Black gay men, but also work to change the societal structures that perpetuate stigma, poverty and marginalization and prevent us from achieving optimal health outcomes.”

    To that end, NMAC embarked on a three year process to examine the contextual and structural factors that impact the ways in which Black gay and bisexual men manage their sexual health. This process included focus groups with Black gay men across the country, a systemic review of available literature and correlative data with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the assembling of an advisory panel comprised of 12 Black gay men and multidisciplinary subject matter experts. The panel was tasked with helping to develop evidence-based recommendations to address the most pressing challenges posed by America’s criminal justice system, structural barriers to health care access and the role that social determinants play in health outcomes. RISE Proud is the culmination of these efforts.

    “Black gay and bisexual men are incredibly resilient,” added Lindsey. “But as a community, we have been let down by the public health system. Today’s report and the recommendations contained within are in no way a panacea, but we put forward a number of concrete steps that can be taken by all aspects of our society – from law enforcement to private funders, government agencies to religious institutions – to improve our national response to this crisis. Our hope is that RISE Proud will begin the critical, and long over due conversation about the intrinsic value of Black gay and bisexual men, and the need to demonstrate this through immediate and constructive action to mitigate the impact of HIV on all of us.”

    Between 2006 and 2009, young Black gay men saw a 48 percent spike in new HIV infections. Despite making up less than 1 percent of the overall U.S. population, Black gay and bisexual men accounted for more than 22 percent of all new HIV infections in 2010. And for the first time in 2011, the estimated number of new HIV infections among Black gay and bisexual men surpassed that of white gay and bisexual men. What’s more, Black gay men experience significantly poorer health outcomes than their white counterparts.

    The full report can be read online at: http://nmac.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Action-Plan_6.4.13.pdf. As a complement to the action plan, NMAC has also launched a new website – www.BlackMenRISE.org – which provides plane language resources for Black gay, bisexual and same-gender loving men to assist them in managing their overall health, including sexual health.

    The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of advocacy campaigns, public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.

    Contact: Kyle Murphy, (202) 803-8027
    kmurphy@nmac.org

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BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN HIV/AIDS/STD's
   

  1. African Americans and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ...
    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pose a serious and widespread health threat in the United States. Though most STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated, many have no noticeable symptoms, and infected individuals may not seek testing or treatment.
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/AAs-and-STD-Fact-Sheet-042011.pdf

  2. African Americans Face Highest HIV Rates ...
    A CDC study shows that the virus's burden on blacks is "severe and disproportionate," and the explanation isn't simple.
    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/why-do-african-americans-have-such-high-hiv-rates

  3. African-American Women and HIV/AIDS >...
    Today, women account for about 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of these newly infected women, about 2 in 3 are African-American.
    http://www.womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/hiv-aids.cfm

  4. African-American Women and STD's ...
    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect people of all backgrounds and economic levels. Yet African-Americans have high rates of many common STIs.
    http://www.womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/stis.cfm

  5. Black AIDS Institute ...
    Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.
    http://www.blackaids.org/

  6. Black Americans and HIV/AIDS - Kaiser Family Foundation ...
    This updated fact sheet highlights the epidemic's impact on Black Americans, providing current data and trends over time.
    http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6089.cfm

  7. Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS ...
    HIV infection is considered pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of 2010 approximately 34 million people have HIV globally. Of these, approximately 16.8 million are women and 3.4 million are less than 15 years old. There were about 1.8 million deaths from AIDS in 2010, down from 3.1 million in 2001.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_HIV/AIDS

  8. HIV and AIDS Among African Americans ...
    Why are AIDS & HIV such problems amongst African Americans? Why is Black America so affected by HIV and AIDS, and what is being done to address the issue?
    http://www.avert.org/hiv-african-americans.htm

  9. HIV/AIDS and African Americans ...
    A summary overview of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African Americans.
    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/

  10. 'Out of Control: AIDS in Black America' ...
    As the world marked the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS this summer, one important story was mostly ignored: AIDS is an epidemic in the African American community and it's spreading fast.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2346857&page=1

  11. Report: Blacks Hit by STDs More Than Whites ...
    The infection rate for sexually transmitted diseases among African Americans and Hispanics, particularly young people, continues to be greater than that of whites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual report.
    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/report-blacks-hit-stds-more-whites

  12. STD Rates by Race or Ethnicity ...
    Illustration of STD rates by Race or Ethnicity. View disparities of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/health-disparities/race.htm

  13. STD Statistics for the USA ...
    STD statistics and overview for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the USA.
    http://www.avert.org/std-statistics-america.htm

  14. United States Statistics by Race and Age ...
    The latest HIV and AIDS statistics for the USA, by race and age.
    http://www.avert.org/usa-race-age.htm

  15. Young African American Women and HIV ...
    Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.
    http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/499?task=view






Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns About 50,000 people get infected with HIV each year in the US









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