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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?

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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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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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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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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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STUDY: Women of Color Living in Poverty Face Highest Risk of Eviction

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A new report from Eviction Lab explores who is experiencing housing insecurity in the United States. Nearly one million American households received eviction notices in 2016, according to newly released data from a team of Princeton University researchers at Eviction Lab. On Saturday April 7, The New York Times reported on the research, which examines 83 million eviction records …

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Posted in: News, News 2018

Black AIDS Institute program coordinator Maya Merriweather is part of the next generation of professionals who have committed themselves to ending the HIV epidemic. We introduce you to her here and welcome her to our team. In conjunction with Emory University, the CDC has created a comprehensive database of public and private health care providers …

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BAI’s Maya Merriweather: ‘I Felt Called to Reach That Population’

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Maya Merriweather, who is a program coordinator with the Black AIDS Institute’s mobilization team, is channeling a lifelong desire to help others by actively engaging in the fight against the spread of HIV among communities of color. At age 26, she has joined the next generation of HIV/AIDS activists and organizers focused on ending the …

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Comprehensive PrEP Provider Database and Locator Widget Now Available

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Dear Colleague, CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) and Emory University have integrated data to provide a comprehensive, national directory of health service providers in the U.S. that offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. Emory’s Prep Locator , created and launched in 2016, is now powered and maintained by NPIN. The integrated database …

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Nation’s Top Doc Wants The Overdose Antidote Widely On Hand. Is That Feasible?

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When Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory calling for more people to carry naloxone — not just people at overdose risk, but also friends and family — experts and advocates were almost giddy. This is an “unequivocally positive” step forward, said Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University. …

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6 Black Feminists Speak Out About the Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction

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In the moments after the Bill Cosby verdict, Colorlines asked six Black feminists to tell us how they felt about it. Here’s what Tarana Burke, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Jamilah Lemieux, Salamishah Tillet, Ayana Byrd and Monifa Bandele shared. This afternoon (April 26) a Pennsylvania jury convicted comedian Bill Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against …

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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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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

Posted in: News 2018

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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Posted in: News, News 2018

This week, we continue our series about the new members of Black AIDS Institute’s board of directors, highlighting New Orleans-based community organizer Gina Brown. (Just for the record, there are three Gina Browns that I know of in HIV.) We are proud of our Gina and welcome her to our board. We’re also excited to …

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Black AIDS Institute and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center Open Free/Low-Cost Primary Care Clinic in Los Angeles

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The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (SJWCFC) are excited to announce the opening of A Clinic for Us (C4U), a free or low-cost community-centric primary care facility in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood. A Clinic for Us (C4U) is a part of a new collaboration between the Black AIDS Institute and St Johns Well Child and Family Center to expand and enhance affordable health care to …

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Adults Skipping Vaccines May Miss Out On Effective New Shingles Shot

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Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get this and other recommended vaccines continues to be an uphill battle, physicians and vaccine experts say. “I’m healthy, I’ll get that when I’m older,” …

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Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care

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ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some public health leaders here wonder …

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

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Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles. This spring marks the 50th anniversary of two pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. As we reflect on the last half-century of racial justice struggles and victories, many of the books in this …

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Posted in: News, News 2018

We open this week’s newsletter by reporting on a Black AIDS Institute Brown Bag Lunch Webinar that discussed possible solutions for four different obstacles faced by transgender people of color. Also, though 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace health insurance plans are satisfied with their choices, results from a poll by the Kaiser Family …

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Transgender Rights and HIV: Getting to Real Solutions 

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Living with HIV is a challenge for anyone, but transgender people of color have unique obstacles to overcome in order to thrive. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar held by the Black AIDS Institute on Feb. 13, 2018, shared some of the biggest challenges, as well as some strategies to combat them. Challenge 1, discrimination and  violence:  Transphobia is prejudice that is directed at transgender people because of their gender identity or expression. …

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Department of Justice Sets Quotas for Immigration Judges to Speed Up Deportations 

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On Friday (March 30), the  Department of Justice  (DOJ) unveiled new production quotas for immigration judges aimed at expediting deportations. The directive will require judges to clear 700 cases a year or face negative performance reviews. The announcement comes as the Trump administration weighs other measures that would speed up deportations of children arrested at the border. …

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Americans Have Mixed Feelings About The ACA’s Future — But Like Their Plans 

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Most Americans are happy with the insurance they buy on the individual market, yet those same people think the markets are collapsing before their eyes. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, released Tuesday, found that 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they …

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Who Is on Facebook? Snapchat? Who Is Smartphone Dependent? 

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Social media data can inform our communication activities. We spoke with Lee Rainie, director of the internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, and Stacey Palosky, Acting Deputy Director, Digital, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss Pew’s recent report on social media use in America. You can watch the Facebook Live video to …

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States Extend Medicaid For Birth Control, Cutting Costs — And Future Enrollment

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The Trump administration is weighing whether to allow Texas to receive millions of federal Medicaid dollars for its family planning program, which bars abortion providers.   The Lone Star State eliminated its Medicaid-funded family planning program five years ago when state officials said they wanted to specifically exclude Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortions. Dozens of women’s …

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Posted in: News, News 2018

Fifty years ago today, a gunman assassinated Martin Luther King. While the gunman may have killed the dreamer, our society has merely paid lip service to efforts to making the dream live on. We are called upon to not just remember Dr. King, not just remember the dream, but to stand up and resist the relentless efforts by the President of the United States and hatemongers to …

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BTAN Chicago’s Maxx Boykin: ‘Why Is HIV Criminalized?’

Posted in: News, News 2017

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, and I went to Savannah State University. I became very politically active, working on different political campaigns in Georgia and Virginia,. Four years ago, that political involvement led me to Chicago, where I was serving as the advocacy chair of the Chaicago BTAN (Black Treatment …

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