Runnin’ Numbers

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: The Complicated Made Simple For a decade now the CDC has been saying the same thing about HIV infections: We log 40,000 new ones a year. Everyone accepts the figure and moves on. But the reality is it’s an incredibly broad estimate, and we can say with little confidence whether it’s wildly …

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The HIV Test I Didn’t Want Saved My Life

Posted in: News 2005-Older

STATEMENT: National HIV Testing Day The HIV Test I Didn’t Want Saved My Life By Phill Wilson Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of People with AIDS are sponsoring National HIV Testing Day, in a year that marks the 20th anniversary of the development of the HIV antibody test …

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Don’t Just Be Outraged, Be Accountable

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson Whether you noticed or not, something happened this week that ought to change your life. It should rank among those lifelong milestones, the ones where you always remember what you were doing when you found out. And no, I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s acquittal. On Monday, June …

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College Students Fail HIV IQ Test

Posted in: News 2005-Older

The National HIV Prevention Conference By Mark Stringfellow ATLANTA, Ga. — Notty Morton “damn near cried” when he received his negative results last fall. This was the face of a then 22-year-old Black male who’d never taken an HIV test. Now at 23, this small-framed, dreadlock-wearing Baltimore native recalls that day, in which his entire view …

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Better Questions, Better Answers

Posted in: News 2005-Older

STATEMENT: The National HIV Prevention Conference Better Questions, Better Answers Almost a quarter century into the epidemic, we’ve still got far more questions than answers about HIV’s spread. Our brightest research minds have struggled to understand the virus’s unrelenting movement. They are often tasked with measuring the un-measurable—the murky emotions that underlie what we’ve come …

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North Carolina Researcher Finds ‘Poverty is a Risk Factor for Disease’

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker Interview Black women featured prominently in discussions among researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual HIV prevention conference this week. As African Americans have accounted for increasingly lopsided shares of the epidemic among women—67 percent of new AIDS cases in 2003—they’re primary risk has also gradually shifted from injection drug use …

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Demystifying HIV Prevention for the Faithful

Posted in: News 2005-Older

BlackAIDS.org Forum The faith-based community has been called on to step up and make a difference in the fight against HIV infections in African Americans. Some churches, congregations, synagogues and mosques embrace the challenge. Others are keeping an arm’s length between themselves and the topic. BlacksAIDS.org contributing editor Sharon Egiebor discussed this divide with a …

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Same Song, Second Verse

Posted in: News 2005-Older

STATEMENT: The National HIV Prevention Conference Same Song, Second Verse Another AIDS meeting and another batch of gloomy data show the continued blackening of this epidemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told us yesterday that African Americans now make up 47 percent of people living with HIV in the nation. We’re just …

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Student blends college, life as advocate

Posted in: News 2005-Older

VOICES from… the National HIV Prevention Conference By Sharon Egiebor Candace Webb could barely contain herself. Sitting in front of a poster presentation for Advocacy for Young Women of Color Leadership Council, Webb was her own picture of youthful energy. She was animatedly detailing the virtues of her organization’s goals–providing education, inclusion and empowerment messages to …

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CDC Analysis Hikes Number of Black HIV Infections

Posted in: News 2005-Older

The National HIV Prevention Conference By Keith Green ATLANTA, Ga. — Nearly half of Black homosexual and bisexual men tested positive for HIV in a first-of-its-kind federal study. These men are among the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newly-revised estimate of 1.1 million people living with HIV, of which 47 percent are African American. …

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