In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018
Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute.

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 immigrant communities.

As you already know if you follow the Black AIDS Weekly, the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black Americans is low. We run a Kaiser Health News story on Washington, D.C.’s efforts to get more HIV negative residents of that city to go on PrEP—one of several cities embracing this strategy.

Two weeks ago, New York governor Andrew Cuomo bypassed that state’s Republican-led state-Senate majority in order to sign an executive order restoring voting rights to roughly 35,000 formerly incarcerated citizens. Our friends at Colorlines report.

No state exemplifies the resistance against the Trump administration and Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, more than the state of California. Read what the Golden State is doing not only to protect but also to expand health-insurance coverage to its residents.

Finally, we want to congratulate Dr. Hank Tomlinson who has been named head of the CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB in the Center for Global Health and will be heading our nation’s worldwide response to these diseases.

Yours in the struggle,

Phill

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