Jussie Smollett Announces “Sum of My Music Tour” to Support the Black Aids Institute

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  Singer/songwriter/actor/director/producer/activist and Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett of Fox’s hit television series “Empire,” has announced a summer tour to support his debut full-length studio album release, Sum Of My Music.  The tour, titled Sum Of My Music Tour, debuted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on April 20, 2018, and will span Europe …

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BTAN Maryland Spreads the Word About HIV Criminalization

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As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic is having on Black lives, the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) in Maryland hosted the program “Exploring the Criminalization of HIV.” The AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) and the Center for Black Excellence also contributed to the event. HIV/AIDS service providers, …

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Choice Of Bay Area For AIDS Conference Exposes Tension Among Activists

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After George Ayala learned last month that San Francisco and Oakland had been chosen to co-host the International AIDS Conference in 2020, he quickly published a statement of disapproval. Ayala, an Oakland-based AIDS advocate, does not want the conference in his own city — or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter. His …

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State-level PrEP Utilization Data Now Available from AIDSVu

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Since PrEP is one of the newer HIV prevention tools, understanding more about who is using it is important to better tailoring HIV prevention efforts at the national, state, and community levels. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is when people at high risk for HIV take HIV medicine daily to lower their chances of getting infected …

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Hidden Casualties Webinars Now Available

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This year, OHAIDP has been focused on facilitating conversations about what a comprehensive response to the national opioid overdose crisis looks like and how the crisis is driving the spread of infectious diseases. We have engaged national organizations as well as federal, state, and community partners to showcase examples of the latest evidence and recommendations, …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018

To continue to mark the Mother’s Day season and the contribution that women make to our lives, this week we run a number of stories highlighting women’s contribution and describing their lives. We start off with a profile of Saron Selassie, a member of the next generation of HIV professionals that is stepping into leadership …

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Prevention Is the Key 

Posted in: News, News 2018, Uncategorized

In February, the Black AIDS Institute made a crucial and substantial move. The organization opened a prevention clinic in Los Angeles, in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (SJWCFC), to address the growing needs of those community members most at risk for HIV/AIDS. The clinic offers a wide range of services—including access to biomedical interventions like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), non-occupational postexposure prophylaxis (nPEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP)—and linkage to other prevention support services.   But …

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BAI’s Saron Selassie: ‘I Hope to Contribute to . . . Ending the HIV Epidemic’

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  Saron Selassie is very much aware of the social determinants that affect Black people’s physical and mental health. As part of the new generation of professionals at the Black AIDS Institute doing capacity-building, advocacy, mobilization and service-delivery work, she looks through an antidiscrimination lens, considering institutional racism as a fundamental cause of health disp …

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