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    Standing Strong: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case That Made History

    By Diane Reeve with Jenna Glatzer


    Dallas, TX, April 20, 2016 A triumphant true crime story in which a diverse group of women band together in a landmark legal case against the man who deceived them all. It's Dallas Buyers Club meets Erin Brockovich.

    Diane Reeve gives her reader a tough pill to swallow with her intensely gut-wrenching, true crime memoir Standing Strong: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case that Made History (HCI Books -- $15.95). Her 7th Degree black belt in martial arts background connects the concentration, the punches to the gut, the restraint, the thrill, the power and the knowledge to any reader that dares to grasp on to this hard-to-put-down book.

    In her first chapter, Black Corvette, Diane Reeve accelerates into the moment her life takes a sharp turn. A day meant for sweet memories of her daughter's wedding halts at a fork in the road of her life. Immediately, the reader has been captured to travel a hard-to-believe real life journey as Reeve unpacks the sick reality that Philippe Padieu, the love of her life, was deliberately infecting multiple women—women in their 20s through 60s, with little in common except their vulnerability and now… HIV.

    Diagnosed with AIDs, Diane vowed to stop Philippe from victimizing anyone else despite her plummeting t-cell numbers and declining health. In a race against time, she tracked down as many of his conquests as possible. Against all odds, this unlikely group made legal history, successfully prosecuting Padieu and sending him to prison for assault with a deadly weapon.

    It was a sisterhood none of them wanted to belong to, but it became their lifeline as they struggled with anger, the specter and stigma of an HIV diagnosis, and failing health.This fascinating case—won only through the help of new DNA science—is Diane's story of victory and her mission to bring awareness and empowerment to others. As she explains, "Courage is doing what's right, even when you're afraid."

    Highlights from the book:

    • "He made me feel strong yet protected, desired and cherished.”

    • "I was never going to be able to forget this night, June 17, 2006; it would be forever linked with my daughter's wedding.”

    • "Even though we were all in the same boat, I guess I hoped to be better and prettier than the others.”

    • "If there was anything in my life that I'd like to take back, it was the moment I hit "send” on that first e-mail.

    • "I exhaled. Things were going to be different. This was a man I could trust.”

    • "I was sure he could have just about any woman he wanted, and I was flattered that he chose me.”

    • "I have to do the best I can every day to show people what it is to be a person living with HIV—a real person who is more than just a diagnosis.”

    Receiving widespread recognition by the media in 2009, this historical case is exposed once more and even further into the psyche of Diane. Brilliantly written, the reader is able to feel the frustration, depression, hope and the many other inconceivable emotions that Reeve encountered as she fought the battle to bring down a pathological perpetrator, build a sisterhood, and manage her very own health all at the same time. The reader becomes a part of her team and sympathizes yet roots for her courage.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Diane Reeve, "the new face of HIV," has a B.S. Degree in nursing and a M.Ed. in adult education. Her true calling is teaching martial arts. She holds a 7th Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do plus black belts in three additional styles. She has been the sole owner of Vision Martial Arts Center in Plano, Texas, for over twenty years and she has promoted over 170 of her own students to black belt. In 2008, she was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Diane is also broadening her efforts to be of service to others by speaking out against stigma and victim blaming. She is a popular speaker on the topics of AIDS awareness and women's empowerment, and has become an avid advocate and activist for women.

    Jenna Glatzer is the author or ghostwriter of more than 25 books. Her recent work includes The Marilyn Monroe Treasures, a Barnes & Noble bestseller; The Pregnancy Project with Gaby Rodriguez, also made into a Lifetime movie, and the authorized biography, Celine Dion: For Keeps.

    Standing Strong: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case That Made History
    By Diane Reeve with Jenna Glatzer
    HCI Books / April 2016/Available wherever books are sold
    Paperback / $15.95-- ISBN: 9780757319020
    Publishers contact info for direct orders: (800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com


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    Amida Care and ASCNYC Members Celebrate Graduation From Workforce Initiative Network Program in Peer Education and Health Outreach


    Amida Care


    New York, NY (March 30, 2016) – Members of the latest class of Amida Care’s Workforce Initiative Network and the AIDS Service Center of New York City’s Peer Training Institute’s collaborative program gathered at the AIDS Service Center of New York City in midtown on March 21 to celebrate their graduation from the program. Amida Care—New York’s largest special needs health plan (SNP) for people with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS—launched the Workforce Initiative Network (WIN) program in collaboration with Housing Works and the AIDS Service Center of New York City to empower people living with HIV/AIDS to position themselves as successful job candidates, and ultimately take ownership of their health as well as to inspire others to make healthy choices. Fifteen graduates, including nine Amida Care members, completed the latest WIN training program.

    “Being perinatally diagnosed as HIV-positive, adopted, and transgender, I could not find acceptance around me,” said Monique Mackey, a graduate of the WIN program and an Amida Care member. “Today I can say that I am a better person because of this program, and I can pursue my life’s mission to help others until they’re able to help themselves.”

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    The six-week class, which is offered four times a year, is designed to help Amida Care members develop marketable skills that they can use to get a job. Members of the WIN program are trained to use their life experience for jobs in health navigation and outreach. These trained peer educators deliver community education and health coaching to hundreds of New Yorkers every year, helping those who are HIV-positive engage in treatment, those who have not been tested and do not yet know their status get tested for HIV, or those who may be at greater risk of becoming infected learn about prevention tools like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    Amida Care


    “I’m fiercely proud of and often awed by our graduates,” said Sharen Duke, Executive Director of the AIDS Service Center of New York City. “By working with Amida Care to develop knowledge and create a health force through programs like this, we will end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.”

    “I’m beyond proud of our graduates,” said Halli Olsen, Manager of Outreach Programs at Amida Care. “Through our program with the AIDS Center of New York City, every graduate has expressed above all how much they’ve grown personally, and that is beautiful.”

    Employment is one of the most important social determinants of health, because without a job—and the financial security and health insurance that comes with it—access and attention to health care is severely limited. Governor Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020 singles out employment as a critical factor to maintaining health and provides extensive recommendations on how job creation can help minimize new HIV infections. By fostering openness and encouraging dialogue around HIV prevention and treatment while creating living-wage jobs, programs like this could have a tremendous positive effect on health and ultimately help to prevent new HIV infections.

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    Shakira Croce
    Communications and Public Relations Manager
    Amida Care


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    New Research Findings Reveal Health Benefits of Targeted Case Management for People Living With HIV

    Joint Study by Amida Care and ACRIA Cites Significantly Improved Immune Response


    New York, NY (March 2, 2016) – Providing comprehensive, holistic case management to people dealing with multiple comorbid conditions, including HIV, can yield tangible health improvements and long-term cost savings, according to a new study released by Amida Care, a New York City nonprofit health plan, and ACRIA, an HIV/AIDS research organization. The report, “The Impact of Comprehensive Case Management on HIV Client Outcomes,” provides unique insight into the effectiveness of Comprehensive Medicaid Case Management, also known as Targeted Case Management (TCM), which provides wraparound supportive services to help people with complex needs navigate the health care system and improve their health outcomes.

    “Targeted Case Management provides the critical structure that people with chronic conditions need to improve their well-being and long-term health by working with a dedicated care coordination team,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “TCM addresses the social determinants of health such as unstable housing and food insecurity that prevent people from staying in care and adhering to their treatment. The study shows a clear connection between care coordination and significant immune system improvements. This is powerful evidence that treatment adherence and staying in care produce improved health outcomes, which in turn can lead to lower hospitalization rates and health care cost savings.”

    In past findings from 2008 to 2014, Amida Care observed a dramatic 74% reduction in hospitalizations and a 64% decline in emergency room visits due to improvements in immune system function associated with its TCM model of care, as well as over $88 million in in-patient cost savings to New York State. Amida Care’s Medicaid special needs health plan (SNP), the largest in New York, is specifically designed to provide coordinated care to people living with chronic conditions, including HIV/AIDS and behavioral health disorders. The plan is also available to Medicaid members who are homeless, regardless of HIV status.

    Over a 21-month period, the current study examined the effectiveness of TCM services for individuals with HIV in New York State by analyzing changes in clinical, cost, and pharmacy and hospital utilization data among more than 2,000 Amida Care members with HIV. The study showed that through TCM, clients significantly increased their CD4 counts—a key indicator of immune system health—to be on par with Amida Care’s non-TCM clients, who do not require the level of care that TCM provides and who already had substantially higher CD4 levels at the beginning of the study.

    “The rebound we saw in the CD4 count among those who received Targeted Case Management is remarkable. The findings clearly demonstrate that TCM is able to achieve its goals of improving sustained care engagement and treatment adherence,” said Dr. Stephen Karpiak, Senior Director for Research and Evaluation at ACRIA. “There is a direct connection between these results and the supportive services that TCM provides. The Targeted Case Management teams are highly skilled and become a vital connection for those with multiple social and health challenges. This study provides important evidence illustrating the value of care coordination to improve health outcomes. If we don’t provide these coordinated supports, we won’t be able to end the AIDS epidemic.”

    The study demonstrates the clear benefits of TCM for those who previously lacked the support systems that enabled them to adhere to a treatment regimen. TCM also benefits the community at large, because people with low viral loads are less likely to transmit HIV to others, which not only saves lives but helps to prevent the high long-term cost associated with new cases of HIV. As New York State implements Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in the state by the year 2020, programs like TCM that prevent HIV transmission and improve the health of those who are already HIV-positive are of critical importance.

    The full study can be accessed here.

    About Amida Care
    Amida Care Inc. is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders. We serve Medicaid recipients who are living with HIV/AIDS or who are homeless (regardless of HIV status), as well as Medicare recipients with HIV/AIDS and/or chronic conditions. For more information, visit www.amidacareny.org.

    About ACRIA
    ACRIA (formerly AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) is a New York City–based non-profit and community-based AIDS research and service organization that envisions a world where all people with HIV receive the treatment, care, and support they need to lead healthy, productive lives and where new transmissions of the virus have been eliminated. For more information, visit www.acria.org.


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    (BPRW) AHF-Supported HIV Documentary ‘Wilhemina’s War’ Scheduled for PBS Airing & Screening Tour in the Deep South

    AHF Grant Fund recipient, June Cross, directed film that sheds light on HIV stigma and lack of health care in rural communities in the American South. ~~ ‘Wilhemina’s War’ PBS Broadcast Feb. 29, 10:00pm ET & Deep South Tour Monday, February 29th 10:00 p.m. EST on PBS. Check local listings here. Saturday, March 12th 9:30 a.m. at Charleston Black Expo in Charleston, South Carolina. Thursday March 17th, 7:00 p.m. at HBCU Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.


    (Black PR Wire) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in partnership with the BronzeLens Film Festival, Spelman College Women’s Center and the Black Women’s Health Imperative proudly present a screening tour of the groundbreaking HIV/AIDS documentary “‘Wilhemina’s War”, across the U.S. Deep South, where HIV infection rates continue to spiral out of control.

    The eye-opening film, which was produced and directed by AHF Grant Fund recipient June Cross, follows a Southern grandmother’s struggles to help her loved ones as they navigate the landscape of HIV care and services in South Carolina, a state hostile to public health care.

    “With statistics continuing to indicate that African American women constitute 65% of women diagnosed with HIV, and the nine states of the Deep South being where 71% of women diagnosed with HIV are living, it was important for us to share the powerful message of “‘Wilhemina’s War”, which continues to shed light on the struggles of HIV throughout the South, where failure to adopt Medicaid expansion and lack of access to healthcare is costing people their lives,” stated Imara Canady, AHF’s Regional Director of Communications and Community Engagement in AHF’s Southern Bureau. “We thank our partners for joining AHF in increasing awareness in African American communities in key cities across the South.”

    WHAT: ‘Wilhemina’s War’ documentary screening at Charleston Black Expo
    WHEN: Saturday, March 12th 9:30 a.m.
    WHERE: Charleston Area Convention Center (5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418)

    WHAT: ‘Wilhemina’s War’ documentary screening at Spelman College
    WHEN: Thursday, March 17th 7:00 p.m.
    WHERE: Spelman College Cosby Auditorium (350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA 30314)

    The film’s director, June Cross, and Dayshal Dicks—Wilhemina’s granddaughter—a young HIV-positive woman featured in the film, will be on site at the screenings to join local HIV/AIDS experts in post-screening dialogues with attendees.

    The screening tour follows on the heels of the AHF-sponsored screenings of the film at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 590,000 individuals in 35 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 and Instagram: @aidshealthcare


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    Hundreds Convene to Discuss State of HIV in Black America and Solutions

    Tackled the roles of racism, stigma and poverty in the disproportionate impact


     State of HIV in Black America


    (February 8, 2016, New York, NY) – “The state of the HIV epidemic among Black Americans can improve if we have the will and take a holistic approach toward getting more people educated, tested, treated, and armed with the tools to prevent new infections,” says C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA).

    On Thursday, February 4, 2016, NBLCA convened hundreds of members of the HIV/AIDS community, including stakeholders, providers, funders, and consumers those who receive care, to share insights during the second annual State of HIV in Black America conference. It was held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City’s Harlem community and livestreamed to locations in Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, and Nassau County in New York; as well as Detroit, MI; Tampa Bay, FL; Atlanta, GA; and South Bend, IN. Many others participated in the discussion via the Twitter hashtag #StateofHIVBA16.

    Conference attendees heard from expert speakers who addressed the current science of HIV/AIDS and identified the steps needed to end the epidemic in line with federal and state 2020 action plans. They also shared their experiences and insights, via Town Hall-style discussions. The conversations were timely, taking place 3 days before National African American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb 7.

    Speakers included Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, whose rousing presentation laid bare the roles of stigma, cultural stereotypes and institutional racism in the disproportionately high rates of HIV among black people. Acknowledging the role of HIV prevention strategies like PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in lowering new HIV infection rates in the general population, Dr. Wyatt pointed out how getting black people to use them is complicated by poverty and the mistrust that many African Americans have of the medical community due to historic mistreatment. “"You can't bring in a pill and expect that to pull someone out of their reality," she explained.

    Darryl Wheeler, Ph. D, Vice Provost for Public Engagement at University of Albany and Dean at the university’s School of Social Welfare, addressed the impact of the HIV infection epidemic on black men who have sex with men (MSM). In order to be effective in lowering infection rates among them, “We must be willing to take on systems which create the environment in which black MSM live,” he observed. Like Wyatt, he stressed the importance of establishing trust and urged members of the HIV advocacy community to consider their own experiences with sex, stigma and racism as they attempt to educate and deliver HIV/AIDS-related services to others. “If you can't be honest with yourself, then how can you expect someone else to be honest with you?” he asked.

    Meanwhile, Daniel O’Connell, director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, addressed New York State’s efforts to end the epidemic by 2020, as laid out in its blueprint released last year. "We have a moral responsibility to do this,” he said.

    Ronald Johnson, vice president of policy and advocacy for AIDS United, addressing federal efforts to end the epidemic within the same time period. He also reminded those gathered of the link between health care policy and voting, given that America is in the midst of an election season.

    Despite advances in treatment and prevention, African Americans are infected with HIV at eight times the rate of white Americans and accounted for 44 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The particularly high burden of HIV is borne by black gay men and bisexual men; black women and men; and black transgender women.

    Coming out of the State of HIV in Black America forum, "We will issue an annual report card as a tool that reports accountability,” said Fields. She added that later in February, NBLCA will release a report coming out of last year’s State of HIV in the Black LGBTQ Community forum in Tampa Bay, FL.

    The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., (NBLCA) is a 501c3, not for profit organization with a mission to educate, mobilize, and empower Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Founded in 1987, and headquartered in New York City, NBLCA is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

    Follow @NBLCA on Twitter, on Facebook, or visit its web site at NBLCA.org.


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    Renowned AIDS/HIV Advocate C. Virginia Fields to Lead the NBLCA's 2ND Annual 'State of HIV in Black America' Conference February 4TH

    What Will Be The Top Stories of 2016 Relating to Black People and HIV?
    Find out at the Second Annual State of HIV in Black America Forum


     State of HIV in Black America


    (January 20, 2016, New York, NY) – Looking back on the year, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) president and CEO C. Virginia Fields recently shared her choices for the top five stories involving black people and HIV in a column on Huffington Post Black Voices.

    She cited: lower HIV death rates among black people; State of HIV in Black America and State of HIV in Black LGBTQ People forums launched; National AIDS Strategy updated to 2020; HIV prevention treatment shown to be very effective; loss of HIV/AIDS prevention pioneer Dr. Beny J. Primm. Read why she chose these stories, and more details about them in the column, “Top 5 Stories Involving Black People and HIV in 2015,” on Huffington Post Black Voices.

    To find out what the top stories of 2016 are likely to be, join us on February 4, 2016, when NBLCA will reconvene the State of HIV in Black America Conference at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture in Manhattan (again livestreamed to events in Tampa Bay, FL; Detroit, MI; Albany, Buffalo, Nassau (Long Island), Syracuse and Rochester, NY; with other cities being added) to address the current science of HIV/AIDS and identify the steps needed to end the epidemic in line with 2020 action plans.

    Press should RSVP to Melissa Baker at mbaker@nblca.org; others may register for free for the New York City forum or click on the hyperlinked city names above to register for the live stream events in those locales.

    To find out what NBLCA was up to in 2015, read our recap at NBLCA.org, A Look Back To The Stories Involving Blacks and HIV in 2015, Plus: 2016 Preview.

    The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., (NBLCA) is a 501c3, not for profit organization with a mission to educate, mobilize, and empower Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Founded in 1987, and headquartered in New York City, NBLCA is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

    Follow @NBLCA on Twitter, on Facebook, or visit its web site at NBLCA.org.


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    (BPRW) HIV Documentary Wilhelmina’s War To Be Screened At African American Film Marketplace Festival, Jan 15-17


    AHF Grant Fund recipient directs film that sheds light on HIV stigma, care continuum in rural communities


    (Black PR Wire) -- LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is pleased to support the Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center (BHEC) screening of the documentary film Wilhelmina’s War during its 22nd Annual African American Film Marketplace January 15-17 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038. The film, which was produced and directed by AHF Grant Fund recipient June Cross and follows a Southern grandmother’s struggles to help her loved ones through the scourge of HIV in a state hostile to public health care, will be shown at Raleigh Studios on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th at 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.bherc.org or in person, starting at $15. Seating is limited.

    “Wilhelmina’s War is a poignant, eye-opening documentary that truly sheds light on the ongoing struggles we face in combatting HIV stigma and the lingering barriers that prevent people living with AIDS from accessing care and treatment,” said Cynthia Davis, Chair of AHF’s Board of Directors. “We are so proud that AHF was able to support the filmmaker June Cross through our Grant Fund and know that we will continue to see great things from her.”

    View the trailer for Wilhelmina’s War here.

    WHAT: Screening of Wilhelmina’s War during the 22nd Annual African American Film Marketplace

    WHEN: Saturday, January 16th Show times: 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 17th
    Show times: 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Raleigh Studios
    5300 Melrose Avenue
    Hollywood, California 90038

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.bherc.org or in person, starting at $15. Seating is limited.

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 500,000 individuals in 36 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 and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

    Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. For complete information about the Festival, please visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170. BHERC invites the community to join us and to support our filmmakers.


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    The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces New Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at Two NYC Community Organizations


    New York, NY (December 2, 2015) - The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded grants for innovative HIV prevention and services to the Audre Lorde Project and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. In June 2015, the Fund awarded its inaugural round of grants to BOOM!Health, HEAT, Pride for Youth, and Translatina Network. Grant recipients are selected based on their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout New York City.

    Amida Care, the largest special-needs health plan in New York State, specializes in serving people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions. The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation was established as part of Amida Care’s privately funded Live Your Life Wellness Program and is focused on supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking Blueprint to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. The Fund seeks to support HIV education, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that engage New Yorkers who are at greater risk of HIV infection—such as young men of color who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women—and those who are HIV-positive but not virally suppressed or receiving necessary access to care.

    “As we mark World AIDS Day, Amida Care is proud to announce continued support for community-based organizations that are having an impact on health and social disparities that contribute to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York, such as lack of access to quality health care, poverty, racism, HIV stigma, homophobia, and transphobia,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “This grant program, administered in partnership with the Stonewall Community Foundation, is an important part of our ongoing efforts to help members of the LGBTQ community live a better, healthier life and to advance the Governor’s goal of ending HIV/AIDS in New York.”

    Grant awards support a range of HIV-related programs and services:

    The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) communities, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education, and capacity building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice and provides ongoing advocacy and support for its 8,000-plus members. Many of ALP’s Trans Women of Color members are living with HIV or AIDS and are often not able to receive culturally competent services, holistic approaches to wellness, or affordable care. The $2,000 grant from the Fund will go toward ALP’s 3rd Space Support Program, which provides HIV/AIDS prevention and wellness resources for people living with HIV/AIDS, culturally competent referrals, peer-to-peer support, and community education, training, and advocacy programs, among other services. For more information, please visit www.alp.org.

    The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. The project’s Transgender Healthcare Initiative is an HIV prevention and care program that provides direct legal services to transgender and gender-nonconforming clients to address the challenges that lead to disproportionate HIV infection in these communities. The Fund’s $2,000 grant will help to support the goals of the initiative, which include increasing access to gender-affirming identity documents and safe, affordable health care; addressing the underlying causes of the infection; providing legal services and referrals, including assistance with matters related to accessing care; and training service providers on creating trans-inclusive and affirming services.

    The Fund’s grant selection committee is composed of Amida Care executives and senior managers who have many years of experience working directly with HIV-affected populations in New York and an in-depth understanding of the communities served by the grant recipients. Amida Care’s goal is to continue to raise more money to increase the Fund and expand financial support for this critical work.

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    Amida Care Inc. is a not-for-profit health care organization that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage; medical, behavioral, and wellness services; and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions. Through our wide network of top health care providers in the five boroughs of New York City, we deliver a special-needs health plan (SNP) to Medicaid recipients who are living with HIV/AIDS or who are homeless (regardless of HIV status), as well as Medicare recipients with HIV/AIDS and/or chronic conditions. For more information, visit www.amidacareny.org.

    Stonewall Community Foundation is the only public foundation focused on the needs of New York City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Since 1990, the Foundation has invested more than $16 million in over 500 organizations via our donor advised funds, annual grant making, and leadership building programs. The Foundation inspires meaningful change through strategic initiatives designed to engage the community, empower our leaders, and invest in grassroots LGBTQ organizations across the five boroughs. For more information, visit www.stonewallfoundation.org.


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    Hollywood Couple Robbie Amell and Italia Ricci Provide Joy to Children of Fallen Heroes and Kids Affected by HIV.


    Read this great story http://powerofhumanachievement.com/2015/08/exclusive-hollywood-couple-robbie-amell-and-italia-ricci-provide-joy-to-children-facing-hardships/




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    Andreja Pejic and Jay Ellis Support AIDS Awareness - Sexy Beach Towel


    Andreja Pejic and Ja Ellis Support AIDS Awareness



    amfAR has joined forces with both Jay Ellis and Andreja Pejic to raise awareness of their “Countdown to Cure AIDS” initiative which aims to build the scientific basis of a cure for AIDS by 2020. Heading to the beach this summer? amfAR teamed up with famed British visual artist Shantell Martin to bring a limited edition beach towel, designed exclusively for amfAR to help raise awareness and find a cure for HIV/AIDS. The towel’s bold design features one of Martin’s trademark black-and-white illustrations and the inscription, “Be Epic, Cure AIDS,” a nod to amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS” initiative, aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.

    This towel is sold exclusively at Scoop NYC locations and on amfAR’s website for $40 with 100% of the proceeds supporting research to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. The towel was also featured in this week’s issue of OK Magazine as well along with Heidi Klum’s support.

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    (BPRW) AHF: HIV Criminalization Laws Are Judgmental, Not Justice

    Twenty-three year-old HIV-positive man Michael L. Johnson facing decades in prison underscores danger of fear-based laws


    (BLACK PR WIRE) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today the AHF Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce (ABACT) issued the following statement on a Missouri jury convicting 23-year-old HIV-positive college wrestler Michael L. Johnson on felony charges that he knowingly exposed four male sexual partners to the virus and infected a fifth man with HIV. The mostly white St. Charles jury convicted Johnson on 5 of 6 counts against him and recommended that he serve more than 60 years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for July 23. According to the St. Charles County prosecutor’s office, a judge will conduct a sentencing assessment report and decide whether to accept, reject, or modify the jury’s sentence:

    It’s utterly sad and shocking that, in 2015, a person living with HIV can be sentenced to spend decades in prison due to laws criminalizing HIV—especially considering that these laws were passed in a fear-driven environment when little was understood about preventing and treating the disease. While we fully support the notion that a person should disclose his/her HIV status before engaging in sexual contact, we also recognize the role that stigma and discrimination plays in a person’s decision to withhold or even lie about this information. Yet in the 32 states that have HIV-specific criminal statutes on their books—most of which carry felony charges—what’s being meted out for people living with HIV is unfair judgment, not justice.

    Much like the lengthy and discriminatory mandatory minimum drug sentences that ruined thousands of lives in our nation and are now, thankfully, being overturned, so must we also challenge state laws that criminalize HIV. As yet another person faces spending the rest of his life behind bars due to these statutes, we’re even more determined to work to overturn these harmful laws that are based in ignorance and fear.

    — Christopher Johnson, AHF Associate Director of Communications and Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce Co-Chair AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 415,000 individuals in 36 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 and Instagram: @aidshealthcare


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    Will Solimene Award from American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Recognizes the Innovative Research, Definitive Analytics, and Scientific Conclusions challenging HIV/AIDS Statistics in South Africa


    Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. / November 10, 2014: The book HIV/AIDS in South Africa by Chris Jennings was awarded the 2014 Will Solimene Awards for Excellence in Medical Communication. The Solimene Award recognizes outstanding work in medical, biomedical, and health communication published during the previous two years.

    “The book provides interesting insights into the myths and realities of the origin and the scale of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Laurie LaRusso of the AMWA, “his discussion surrounding the origins of the disease is controversial, yet quite plausible.”

    HIV/AIDS in South Africa is based on a sober, forensic review of 3,000 scientific and medical journal articles which belie the accounts of HIV/AIDS prevalence and deaths in Africa. It is the scientific story of AIDS over a 30-year period, challenging commonly-held assumptions about the development and spread of this disease.

    The subject of AIDS rates has been in the news again with the release of a study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, downsizing previously-calculated AIDS infection rates in Africa and other developing countries [1].

    “The good news is fewer people across Africa have HIV than previously estimated; the bad news is policy hasn't reacted and money is being massively misspent,” said Jennings, “moreover, even given the estimated 20% reduction offered by The Lancet, the global AIDS statistics remain vastly over inflated.”

    In a letter to the Editor of The Lancet, Jennings wrote the following rebuttal:

    “It has been obvious for quite some time that the global HIV/AIDS projections were flawed and such incremental corrections are entirely inadequate. The purported HIV prevalence rates in some adult African populations exceed all plausible limits of human sexual activity (e.g., 23% in Botswana [2]).

    At the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, highly sexually active men who have sex with men in New York City averaged 40 sexual partners a year [3]. Given that HIV transmission during unprotected anal intercourse is 5 to 20 times more efficient that of vaginal intercourse (i.e., risk to the receptive partner) [4, 5], then the members of a corresponding heterosexual population would require approximately 200 to 800 sexual partners a year to achieve a similar rate of infection. Yet, NYC has an AIDS prevalence of approximately 0.4% (that is, including the cumulative total of all AIDS cases living and dead from 1981 to 2008) [6]. Therefore, for Botswanan heterosexual males to achieve a prevalence of 23%, they would require approximately 11,500 to 46,000 sexual partners per year and the females 1.1 to 3.3 times as many [4, 5], given the different rates of transmission between the sexes.

    The beliefs regarding the global HIV/AIDS epidemic have been based on habitual assumptions of promiscuity and bad science unduly amplified by constant repetition. When will we see a change?”

    As summarized by Anna Rabin, an East Africa Analyst in Think Africa Press: “Jennings provides an interesting and well-presented statistical summary that will leave readers questioning the validity of internationally-approved estimates."

    HIV/AIDS in South Africa - The Facts and the Fiction is the smaller sister book to HIV/AIDS - The Facts and the Fiction, the larger primary book. The primary book deconstructs the many of the overarching mythologies surrounding HIV/AIDS and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that laid the ground for belief in the implausible concepts of HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Third World.

    Chris Jennings's previous book on HIV/AIDS, Understanding and Preventing AIDS, was adopted for staff education by Massachusetts General Hospital (the hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School), the Walter Reed Army Medical Institute (the hospital responsible for the health of the President of the United States), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others. Other than writing HIV/AIDS books, Chris Jennings services the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and analytical industries as a freelance writer. Samples of his HIV/AIDS essays can be read on his blog, Dispelling Misconceptions.

    About the AMWA: The AMWA is the world’s leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information with 5,000 members in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries. AMWA's mission is to promote excellence in medical communication. AMWA members typically work for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, medical schools, hospitals, foundations, government agencies, and medical journals.

    References:

    [1] Global, regional, and national incidence and mortality for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet. 2014 Jul 21 [Epub ahead of print]: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2960844-8/abstract

    [2] http://www.avert.org/hiv-aids-botswana.htm

    [3] Szmuness W, Much I, Prince AM, et al. On the role of sexual behavior in the spread of hepatitis B infection. Ann Intern Med. Oct 1975;83(4):489-495.

    [4] Pinkerton SD, Martin JN, Roland ME, Katz MH, Coates TJ, Kahn JO. Cost-effectiveness of postexposure prophylaxis after sexual or injection-drug exposure to human immunodeficiency virus. Arch Intern Med. Jan 12 2004;164(1):46-54.

    [5] Smith DK, Grohskopf LA, Black RJ, et al. Antiretroviral postexposure prophylaxis after sexual, injection-drug use, or other nonoccupational exposure to HIV in the United States: recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MMWR Recomm Rep. Jan 21 2005;54(RR-2):1-20.

    [6] CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2008. Vol 20. Atlanta GA, USA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.

    PDF Downloads:

    o Bibliography for HIV/AIDS - The Facts and The Fiction and HIV/AIDS in South Africa - The Facts and The Fiction

    o Fun Facts to Know and Tell

    o Backgrounder Information & Implications

    o About Chris Jennings

    o Useful Links

    o Book Reviews for Understanding and Preventing AIDS


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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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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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