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Obesity And Depression Are Entwined, Yet Scientists Don’t Know Why

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About 15 years ago, Dr. Sue McElroy, a psychiatrist in Mason, Ohio, started noticing a pattern. People came to see her because they were depressed, but they frequently had a more visible ailment as well: They were heavy. McElroy was convinced there had to be a connection. “Many of my [depressed] patients were obese. And …

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Congress has restructured the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program to funnel more money into areas struggling to control the epidemic—a move with significant ramifications for some of our nation’s biggest cities. We run this story courtesy of our friends at Kaiser Health News. We introduce you to Justin Woods, a project coordinator …

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Congress Revamps Housing Program To Benefit Areas Where HIV Is Spreading

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In a bipartisan push, Congress has restructured a federal program that provides housing assistance for people living with HIV to funnel more money into areas struggling to control the outbreak. While legislators and housing advocates say the adjustments will better target regions with high rates of the virus, these changes are likely to mean less …

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Meet the Black AIDS Institute’s Justin Woods: I Felt Responsible to Decrease the HIV Burden on People Like Me

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After volunteering in Rwanda, the 26-year-old recently started his professional career with the Black AIDS Institute, working with the Black Treatment Advocate Network (BTAN) in Chicago, Detroit and Louisiana. For most African American college graduates, making money and getting a job is the foremost thought in their minds. Not Justin Woods; he had his sights set on …

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BTAN Charlotte Offers 3-Day Science and Treatment Training

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Black people are often underrepresented at international and other conferences where news about HIV/AIDS is released, including the most recent scientific and biomedical breakthroughs. To bridge that gap, the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) Charlotte, hosted the BTAN 3-Day Science and Treatment Training at the city’s Hal Marshall county office building …

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Despite Insurers’ Tactical Win On ACA’s Cost-Sharing Payments, Uncertainty Lingers

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Health insurers have won powerful allies in a fight over federal subsidies that President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel for millions of people who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act. A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that Democratic state attorneys general favoring the subsidies can join a court case brought by the Republican-led House …

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‘Simple 7’ Steps Can Help Improve Blood Pressure in Blacks

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Just a few healthy lifestyle habits can reduce black Americans’ risk of high blood pressure, researchers say. “We found that even small improvements in cardiovascular health can reduce risk for developing high blood pressure,” said study lead author John Booth III, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nearly one-third of American adults have high …

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Novant Health: Bringing Resources Back to the Community

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals and organizations that, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. As the youngest child of Harry and Julie …

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This week we run a profile of Taraji P. Henson, the first in a series of stories about our 2017 Heroes in the Struggle—a select group of individuals and organizations that have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. These influential activists will be inducted into the Heroes in the Struggle …

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Taraji P. Henson: Fighting the Good Fight for What Is Right

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. Actress Taraji P. Henson has never shied away from a …

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All About PrEP: The Key to Prevention

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Prevention is vital to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At the heart of a sound prevention strategy is pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar held by the Black AIDS Institute in May 2017 provided an overview of how the biomedical prevention tool works as well as information to help clear up any misconceptions. …

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AAHU Fellow Yolanda Price: I Will Always Be an Advocate for Women

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One in a series about recent graduates of the African American HIV University (AAHU). Yolanda Price, 51, has never had a job in the HIV/AIDS field. Never held any type of position at a non-profit or a public or private sector organization fighting against the disease. Yet she decided to apply to AAHU because after …

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Eddie Wiley: ‘HIV Saved My Life’

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In 2014 Eddie Wiley became a different man. As he stared at the results of the rapid HIV test he took only to comfort a friend who was apprehensive about getting tested, he knew that his life would never be the same again. He now knew he was HIV positive. The then-24-year-old was crushed, and …

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Even Without Congress, Trump Can Still Cut Medicaid Enrollment

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After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states …

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Singer-Songwriter Ledisi to Headline the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Awards Gala

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Once you have experienced the stirring vocals of Ledisi, you don’t soon forget. The singer-songwriter and New Orleans native …

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We open this week’s issue with a story about the racial disparities in HIV diagnoses that Black gay and bisexual men experience. Research published in The Lancet earlier this year shows that the reasons for these disparities may not be as clear as we previously thought. Tamara Holmes reports. Next, we run an interview of …

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New Research Explores HIV Racial Disparities Among Black MSM

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We’ve all seen the statistics showing that Black MSM are more likely to become HIV positive than White MSM. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 the rate of HIV diagnoses for Black men was nearly eight times the rate among White men. However, the reason for the disparity is not so …

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To Fight the HIV Epidemic, We Need the Black Church

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Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights, …

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Reaching the Target: Creating Positive Change in our National HIV Indicators

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There’s a saying that “what gets measured gets improved.” While that is often the case, we sometimes learn that, despite the efforts of many, the improvement desired isn’t achieved. This is certainly the case in our fight against HIV. The indicators used to monitor progress towards our nation’s HIV prevention, care, and treatment goals show …

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Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Higher Kidney Failure Risk for Blacks

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Black people with a trait for sickle cell anemia appear to have double the risk of kidney failure that requires dialysis, new research suggests. “Although you cannot change the genes you are born with, doctors can use this information to start screening for kidney disease earlier and to aggressively treat any other risk factors you …

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Today, for the fourth time in two weeks the United States Senate is in the throes of taking healthcare away from millions of Americans. It’s a tough job, but no one should have to do it. Yesterday, the President and Liar and Chief said two things that were very interesting to me. He first accused …

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BTAN Charlotte Offers 3-Day Science and Treatment Training

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Black people are often underrepresented at international and other conferences where news about HIV/AIDS is released, including the most recent scientific and biomedical breakthroughs. To bridge that gap, the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) Charlotte, hosted the BTAN 3-Day Science and Treatment Training at the city’s Hal Marshall county office building …

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BTAN New Orleans Fights HIV and Builds Power Among Local Youths

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An afternoon in April 2017 found neighbors of all ages gathered outside a community center in Harvey, on New Orleans’ West Bank. The scene was typical for a spring Friday in New Orleans: popular music on the speakers, a sno-ball truck at the curb, kids circling on bikes and skateboards. The crowd had come to …

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BTAN Bay Area Demonstrates Leadership in Transgender Advocacy

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Transgender men and women are a key population identified as particularly vulnerable to acquiring and/or transmitting HIV. Here, BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) Bay Area committee chair Socorro “Cori” Moreland—who coordinates programming and support services for transgender people of color within the Bay Area and works for APEB (AIDS Project of the East Bay) and Asian Health Services—responds …

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BTAN Baltimore and Baton Rouge Spread the Word About HIV Unconventionally

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Raising people’s awareness of prevention methods is key to eradicating HIV in Black communities. So Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) chapters nationwide are testing creative strategies to inform and educate underserved populations, with Baton Rouge, La., and Baltimore at the forefront of those efforts. For nearly two years, BTAN Baton Rouge has been engaging the religious community …

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New Chapter of Black Treatment Advocates Network to Launch in Detroit

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Two 2016 African American HIV University graduates, Keith Hughes and Quintin Stroud, have come together to kick-start BTAN Detroit. Here we speak with Hughes about why a BTAN chapter is essential for this Midwestern city. Community means a lot to me. It means being one, being in an environment of unity. It means individuals having …

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Black AIDS Institute Honors Black Women at Annual Star-Studded Heroes in The Struggle Event at 20th Century Fox Studios

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Each year the Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame at the Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception and Awards Presentation. All of the 2017 inductees are women. The 2017 star-studded event will …

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7 PrEP Lessons Learned from Touring Four Florida Health Departments

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Recently, Leisha McKinley Beach and I embarked upon the first leg of our tour of southern health departments. We kicked off our journey in Florida, visiting the Miami-Dade (Miami), Broward (Ft. Lauderdale), Orange (Orlando) and Alachua (Gainesville) county health departments. We also met with members of BTAN Melbourne, which is also in Florida. It is …

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Back in May, we reported on a tour of Southern Health departments Leisha McKinley-Beach and I conducted. We kicked off our tour in Florida, where we visited Miami-Dade County (Miami), Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Orange County (Orlando) and Alachua County (Gainesville). We also met with members of the Black Treatment Advocates Network in Melbourne, Florida. …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

Back in May, we reported on a tour of Southern Health departments Leisha McKinley-Beach and I conducted. We kicked off our tour in Florida, where we visited Miami-Dade County (Miami), Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Orange County (Orlando) and Alachua County (Gainesville). We also met with members of the Black Treatment Advocates Network in Melbourne, Florida. …

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Houston Organizations Collaborate to Learn About PrEP

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Like the rest of Black America, Houston has a PrEP problem. The introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, as a method of preventing HIV has ushered in a new era of hope that the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is near. But while PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by 96 percent, 85 percent of its …

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Teaching Mississippians About PrEP 1 Person at a Time

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Of the 12 states where people have the highest lifetime risk of HIV infection, eight are located in the South. In fact, the South accounted for 62 percent of new diagnoses among Black Americans in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One area that has been particularly hard hit: Jackson, Miss., …

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Miami-Dade’s Quest to Make Everyone Knowledgeable About PrEP

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Imagine discovering the promise of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the first time and determining that it can lower your risk of becoming HIV positive. You get up the nerve to go to your primary care physician and ask him or her if you are a candidate for the treatment, and your doctor either dismisses your question or, …

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Fighting the Black HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Black Americans make up 25.7 percent of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.’s population; yet 47 percent of people diagnosed with HIV in the city between 2010 and 2014 were Black. There is no doubt that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can make a difference. After all, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by 96 percent. However, 85 percent of its current users in …

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How Gainesville and Orlando, Fla., Get the Word Out About PrEP

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For all of the promise that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) holds, there are significant barriers that can keep it from decreasing the risk of HIV. In the Florida cities of Gainesville and Orlando, the local health departments are using a number of innovative ways to take down those barriers and expand access to PrEP in Black communities. …

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This week, we share the results of research performed in New York and Washington, D.C., to find out whether offering financial assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS could help incentivize them to enter care and take their meds so they can suppress their viral load. Our friends at Kaiser Health News report on …

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Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds?

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There are mixed results from a new study on the use of monetary rewards to help boost the odds that HIV-infected patients will enter care, and take their meds as directed. The study, conducted at HIV clinics in New York City and Washington, D.C., found that financial incentives such as gift cards could improve the …

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Scientific Meeting Advances Efforts to Cure HCV Infection in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Care Act Program

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join colleagues at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and an invited group of clinical experts for a scientific consultation on expanding hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment among people living with HIV. This issue is important because an estimated 1 in 5 of …

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U.S. Transgender Surgeries Up 20 Percent in 2 Years

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Until Gearah Goldstein fully transitioned her gender, being female housed in a male body felt like a hunger she couldn’t satisfy. A vital part of Goldstein’s transition involved multiple gender confirmation surgeries several years ago that aligned her appearance with the person she’s always felt like inside. Goldstein’s experience highlights a growing trend among transgender …

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Today is National HIV Testing Day. It is also the end of the Black AIDS Institute’s #30daysofHIV campaign, a remarkable national collaboration between activists, people living with HIV, health departments, and community-based organizations. Organizations all over the country produced awareness, HIV testing, linkage-to-care, and advocacy and mobilization events targeting Black communities and posted them on …

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

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Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely. Built into the bill are loopholes for states to bypass those protections …

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Party With a Purpose: Fighting HIV Among Black Women at the 2017 Essence Festival Presented by Coca-Cola

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An estimated 1 in 48 Black women will be diagnosed with HIV during her lifetime. The desire to move the needle on this dire indicator drives the Black AIDS Institute’s annual participation at 2017 Essence Festival Presented by Coca-Cola, taking place June 29-July 2, 2017, in New Orleans. In collaboration with our partners the Kaiser Family Foundation and …

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Jussie Smollett Puts His Money Where His Activism Is; Raises $40,000 To Fight HIV/AIDS In Black Communities

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When you ask Jussie Smollett—one of the breakthrough stars from Fox’s uber-successful TV show Empire—how he wants to be introduced, he always leads with the word activist. For many actors in Hollywood, that’s just a public-relations gimmick; not Smollett. In a recent interview, he shared how his mother would admonish him and his siblings as children, …

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3 Reasons the Black AIDS Institute Launched The #30DaysOfHIV Digital Marketing Campaign

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Louis “Kengi” Carr, a participant in the “In The Life” Social media presents an opportunity to fight the HIV crisis in Black America by generating national conversations that dispel misinformation, fight racism and mobilize Black communities. That is why for one month leading up to today, National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), the Black AIDS Institute launched #30DaysOfHIV. …

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In The Life: Justin Woods

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Following a reading of Mandela’s “I’m Prepared to Die” speech, in which he declares he is willing to lay down his life to achieve racial equality in South Africa, I ask my Rwandan students, “What issue is important enough to you that you would be willing to die to see it achieved?” I scan the …

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This week we report on research published recently in The Lancet that examined several theories believed to account for racial disparities in HIV rates between Black and White gay and bisexual men. Journalist Tamara Holmes digs in to the data, which yielded some interesting results. We share some good news that more people living with HIV and …

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New Research Explores HIV Racial Disparities Among Black MSM

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We’ve all seen the statistics showing that Black MSM are more likely to become HIV positive than White MSM. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 the rate of HIV diagnoses for Black men was nearly eight times the rate among White men. However, the reason for the disparity is not so …

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