E-newsletter launches

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Welcome to the first edition of Black AIDS Update.  This e-newsletter is the beginning of an effort to streamline our communications efforts and news delivery about our organization’s happenings, and upcoming events. I began last September as the Senior Communications Manager for the Black AIDS Institute (BAI). I hit the ground running flying off to …

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Ambassador Program for Black Women

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The Black AIDS Institute, with support from Gilead Sciences, is excited to launch an Ambassador program for Black women to build engagement and movement around HIV and sexual health for Black women. This ambassador program will create a cohort of 20 Black cis and trans women, who are living with HIV and HIV-negative, who will …

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Black AIDS Institute Names New President & Chief Executive Officer

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Longtime staffer selected from among 20 candidates after national 10 month search LOS ANGELES—The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has named Raniyah Copeland as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.  Copeland will assume the role on January 1.  Copeland began working at BAI in April of 2008 as the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator and …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018

Many of you know over the last 18 months, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has engaged in a significant sector transformation. We have strengthened our Board, recruited new ambassadors, revamped our website, reformatted the Black AIDS Weekly, completed a 5-year strategic plan, announced a new strategic direction in preparation for a new generation of HIV/AIDS …

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Free, Competitive, and Important

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HIV.gov reported about the His Health project in a recent blog and now offers an update on a training opportunity that can help the HIV community to reach and effectively serve the needs of Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) and transgender people. The His Health site offers care models, training modules, and …

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Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Federal Limits On Research Hinder Patients’ Relief

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By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated. For four years, her doctor prescribed the 61-year-old a wide range of opioids for her transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The drugs not only failed …

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Why does HIV Pose a Greater Threat to Women’s Hearts?

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HIV-related heart disease is a leading cause of death among people living with HIV—even when they are on consistent, effective HIV treatment. Researchers are learning that this complication is likely brought on by chronic inflammation from the virus itself and other factors. What is less understood is why HIV seems to take a greater toll …

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Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds. What Does That Mean?

Posted in: News, News 2018

The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program’s 4 million …

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Janet Mock Hopes ‘Pose’ Changes Hollywood for Trans POC Artists

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Journalist and advocate Janet Mock added more roles to her résumé when she joined the crew of FX series “Pose” as a writer, director and producer. The series follows two concurrent developments in late-’80s Manhattan: the ball culture, primarily developed and celebrated by LGBTQ people of color, and new forms of ostentatious wealth, as epitomized by now-President Donald Trump. …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018

This week, we are running a very important story critiquing the International AIDS Society’s selection of San Francisco and Oakland to host the 2020 International AIDS Conference. We hope you read about this debate, which is covered here by our friends at Kaiser Health News. While the Black AIDS Institute strongly supports the decision to …

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