Black Women Unite for Healthy Sex as Essence Celebrates 25th

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Black women from four organizations recently joined forces at Essence Festival in New Orleans for “Black Women United for Healhty Sex” a coalition comprised of: Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), Sister Love, Inc., and Iris House.  The group was sponsored at Essence by Gilead Sciences. “We are a coalition that …

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HIV Advocates Should Call for Closing the Camps

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Toward the end of July, HIV advocates received confirmation that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials have been using HIV status as a basis for family separation. CBP has since walked back their statement, claiming that the official misspoke. Many in the HIV community called for a commitment to ending the policy, as well as …

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Q&A with Black Women’s Ambassador Derinthia Williams

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Black AIDS Update recently spoke with Black Women’s Ambassador Derinthia Williams.  Williams works for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) in Atlanta.   HOPWA is a federally funded HUD program that offers a variety of housing solutions and support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Black AIDS Update (BAU): Tell me about your work? …

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Despite Public Health Crisis, California Budget Includes Limited Investments in HIV, HCV, STDs

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Over 150 organizations continue to call on Governor Newsom to fulfill a key campaign promise to launch a statewide initiative to end these epidemics The 2019-2020 Budget signed today by Governor Newsom includes limited investments in HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), despite an escalating public health crisis impacting the state’s most vulnerable …

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Leading Black America to the End of the Epidemic

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“From community advocacy that led to the first HIV Community Planning guidance of 1993 to Black leaders mobilizing and fighting for the creation of the 1998 Minority AIDS Initiative, Black leadership and communities have been present in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” says Raniyah Copeland, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI).  “Now achieving …

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Coleman Returns to BAI

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The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has a new Behavioral Intervention Coordinator, David Coleman.  However, David is no stranger to BAI. He is returning after a nine month hiatus and has previously served as one of BAI’s Health Education Specialist. “I am drawn to fight the HIV epidemic in Black communities because when I got in …

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Kujichagulia Corner 7-2-19

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This week I’ll once again journey to New Orleans for the Essence Festival.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this gathering celebrating Black women with one of this year’s headliners being our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama. Essence Festival is the largest gathering of Black women in the country and I’m ready to celebrate …

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Court Grants Judgement to HIV-Positive Man Denied Haircut at LA Barbershop

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California District Court Grants Judgment to HIV-Positive Man Denied Haircut at Los Angeles Barbershop Lambda Legal and Black AIDS Institute Cut the Stigma Campaign Kickoff Summer 2019 (Los Angeles, June 4, 2019) – Today, Lambda Legal announced the Central District of California entered judgment for Nikko Briteramos against the owner of a Los Angeles barbershop …

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Kujichagulia Corner 6-4-19

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It’s Pride Month! The month of June was chosen as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, which occurred at the end of June 1969. At the Stonewall Inn in New York City, trans and queer people, many of whom were of color, resisted police harassment. This event galvanized many people to participate in a liberation movement for …

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Black AIDS Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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LOS ANGELES—The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. BAI was incorporated on May 10, 1999 by Phill Wilson, after a life-threatening struggle with HIV, with inspiration from his best friend, the late Reggie Williams. Founded as a non-profit think tank focused on HIV/AIDS in the Black community, the organization initially launched as …

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