BTAN Chicago’s Maxx Boykin: ‘Why Is HIV Criminalized?’

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I was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, and I went to Savannah State University. I became very politically active, working on different political campaigns in Georgia and Virginia,. Four years ago, that political involvement led me to Chicago, where I was serving as the advocacy chair of the Chaicago BTAN (Black Treatment …

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Brown Bag Lunch Webinar: The Enduring Impact of Emotional Intelligence

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Community-based organizations (CBOs) are looked to by many as a source of emotional support. But if their staffs don’t have emotional intelligence—the ability to recognize, support and affirm one’s own emotions and the emotions of others—CBOs are not only likely to ineffective but could also create harm for their clients. At a Brown Bag Lunch …

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Building Digital Content for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2018

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The HIV community is rapidly approaching the February 7th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).To help our readers flesh out their NBHAAD related social media content, here’s a few resources to weave into your tweets, posts, and online content. The theme, the hashtag  The Strategic Leadership Council  (the community lead for NBHAAD) …

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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

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A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. President Donald Trump signed the bill Monday evening. The CHIP program, which provides coverage to …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

As we wrap up 2017, it would be an understatement to say that this has been a very difficult year of uncertainty for poor people, Black people and other people of color, people living with HIV/AIDS and/or in need of healthcare, and maybe our democracy as a whole. Today, the US Congress is poised to …

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Fighting the Toll of STIs in Black Communities

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While sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for all, statistics show that Black people are particularly at risk. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in November 2017 highlighted some structural, community and individual interventions that can make a difference. There are three basic types of STIs: Viral STIs are …

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Not-So-Happy New Year: Alabama Set To Toss Kids Off Insurance Plan Starting Jan. 1

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Citing Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Alabama plans to drop 7,000 kids from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, state officials said Monday. Those children, who are up for their yearly renewal in January, will not be allowed to continue …

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BTAN Birmingham Partners With Magic City Football Classic

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For anyone who is an avid follower of college football, the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Ala., is not to be missed. The Classic is more than just a game. For 76 years it has been a state-treasured tradition. Each October, in-state rivals Alabama State University (ASU) and Alabama A&M University (AAMU) square off on …

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Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C

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More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy. In turn, this has fueled a rise in babies born with the dangerous infection. Widespread injection drug use has triggered rapid increases of hepatitis C infections among young adults …

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