In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018

In the current U.S. political climate, immigrants are being criminalized, stigmatized and targeted for abuse and deportation. This week we report on a Brown Bag Lunch Webinar the Black AIDS Institute conducted to educate the public on the unique challenges immigrants of the African diaspora face and how those difficulties drive HIV rates within Black …

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Black Immigrants and HIV: Prevention and Treatment Strategies That Work

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Black immigrants to the United States face unique challenges. Those challenges can make life even more difficult for people living with HIV. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar held on March 13, 2018, by the Black AIDS Institute sought to highlight those problems and provide solutions. The webinar was hosted by Tsion Gurmu, an Equal Justice …

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PrEP Campaign Aims To Block HIV Infection And Save Lives In D.C.

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A big part of Washington, D.C.’s plan to get its HIV rate down is to get more uninfected people on PrEP, a two-medicine combination pill that’s sold under the brand name Truvada. When taken daily by people who are at high risk for contracting HIV via sex or shared needles with someone who is infected, …

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New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on April 18 that restores voting rights for state parolees. It’s a move that bypasses the Republican-led New York State Senate, which has previously rejected similar legislative measures. An estimated 35,000 formerly incarcerated people stand to benefit from the order, which will restore rights to those currently …

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Dr. Hank Tomlinson Named New Director for CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB

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CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB in the Center for Global Health stands at the forefront of the global response to HIV and TB, the world’s two deadliest infectious diseases. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Hank Tomlinson will now serve as the Director of this Division, and lead CDC’s efforts to address …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018
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I’ve spent much of the last two weeks leading a series of in-country trainings in Southern Africa to support the decades of work by governments, civil society, community leaders, people living with HIV and AIDS, and as various activists to bring an end to HIV and AIDS. We open this issue with a story about …

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State of the Epidemic: Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

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Some parts of the world have seen a dramatic decrease in HIV/AIDS diagnoses. However, other regions have struggled. Africa has been the continent most impacted by the epidemic. During April 2018, BAI President and CEO Phill Wilson has been conducting training in Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.  Here, we provide an overview of the epidemics in these …

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From South Philly to South Africa Seeing First-Hand the Power, Promise and Lessons of Black Faith-Based Work in South Africa

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Hilary Beard, is the editor of the Black AIDS Weekly and a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In December she travelled to South Africa with about 140 fellow members and friends of her Church to celebrate 10 years of Enon’s mission work in Cape Town. This experience enabled Beard and her …

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Use Of HIV-Prevention Drug Grows, But Lags Among Non-Whites

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Eric Russell, 24, recently joined a health support group for young Latino and black gay men, where he learned about the HIV-prevention pill known as PrEP. He resisted the medication at first, convinced he didn’t need it and fearful that taking it would stigmatize him. But after Russell learned more about PrEP, short for pre-exposure …

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