In This Issue

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

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 of the Black AIDS Institute, as I navigate my exit. Saron is an member of our Prevention and Care (PAC) Team, consisting of 7 staff members, half of whom are women, as the Black AIDS Institute provides direct services in Los Angeles. The PAC team provides clinical and support services—specifically HIV testing and counseling, PrEP services, referrals and linkage, support groups and peer mentorship—and addresses some of the health-care challenges, such as medical mistrust, that Black communities experience. We introduce you to the entire PAC Team in our second story.

Transgender women are a key population at elevated risk of acquiring HIV. Recently, HHS examined the indicator the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) uses to monitor the rate of viral suppression among transgender women. We also run a piece describing a re-analysis of two NIH studies that found that, contrary to a previous research, no significant differences in the risk of preterm birth or low birth weight existed between women who took different HIV-fighting medications. Our friends at HIV.gov report on both stories.

Finally, poor women of color, women with children and victims of intimate-partner violence are at far higher risk of getting evicted from their apartment, as Colorlines reports.

Yours in the struggle,

Phill

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