Black AIDS Institute Partners with USC and Full Frequency Media to Address the Alarming HIV/AIDS Rates Among Black Women in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2018– In commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7, 2018), the University of Southern California – Black Alumni Association and Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is partnering with the Black AIDS Institute and Full Frequency Media, to host a screening and …

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In This Issue

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This week we are commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the ways I commemorate Dr. King’s legacy is to think about the times we live in, and, given current events, wonder what Dr. King and other Black historical figures would think, say, or do! Maya Angelou, for example, said, when …

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Fighting Stigma, and Other Things My Ancestors Taught Me

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Last week, the President of the United States made racist comments about Black immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and the entire continent of Africa. Those words have been dissected and shamefully defended, but they happened in a wider context of stigma and anti-blackness. On Dec. 22, 2017, a report surfaced in The New York Times …

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Increase in Hepatitis C Infections Linked to Worsening Opioid Crisis

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Spike in new infections could have devastating long-term consequences New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the recent steep increase in cases of acute hepatitis C virus infection is associated with increases in opioid injection. The study examines data from CDC’s hepatitis surveillance system and from the Substance Abuse …

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Defending Against This Season’s Deadly Flu: 5 Things To Know Now

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The nation is having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad flu season. Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died from the infectious disease. In addition, states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related …

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Could Gene Therapy Someday Eliminate HIV?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests. The science centers around the use of “chimeric antigen receptor” (CAR) genes. In laboratory work with monkeys, these engineered cells have destroyed HIV-infected cells for more than two years, …

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Doing Less With Less: Mental Health Care in Mississippi

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A national recession. Years of state budgets cuts. It’s no surprise requests mental health resources for prisoners are routinely rejected. The state of mental health care in Mississippi has been in freefall for years. As a consequence of the ripple effects of the financial crisis, Mississippi saw its state support for mental health care slashed …

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In This Issue

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Black AIDS Weekly of 2018. There is so much going on it’s hard to know where to begin. First, over the holiday break and without explanation, the Trump administration fired all the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). To paraphrase the words of former …

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Black AIDS Institute Welcomes New Board Members

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The Black AIDS Institute has added two board members committed to improving health-care delivery systems in LGBTQ and underserved communities. David M. Cook, M.D. Dr. David M. Cook, senior vice president of value-based care and a health-care futurist at Novant Health, is joining the Black AIDS Institute’s board after working on HIV/AIDS preventive events with …

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Children’s Insurance, Other Health Programs Funded — For Now — In Bill

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The bill passed by Congress right before Christmas to keep most of the federal government funded for another month also provided a temporary reprieve to a number of health programs in danger of running out of money, most notably the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Funding for CHIP technically expired Oct. 1. States have …

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