17th Annual Divas Simply Singing! Set for Oct. 6

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The 17th annual Divas Simply Singing!, benefiting the Balm In Gilead and Women Alive Coalition, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, Calif. This year’s performers include: Jennifer Holliday Natalie Cole Deniece Williams RuPaul Ledisi Ann Nesby Paris Bennett (American Idol) JaMecia …

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Jimmie Earl Perry Reachs Out to South African ‘Colored’ People

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By Erv Dyer CAPE TOWN, S.A. — Actor and drama professor Jimmie Earl Perry sits in his small office at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. On the walls around him are posters and other reminders of his theater past in America and Europe. Perry last worked in Germany, but a new mission brings him to …

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Congressional Black Caucus Calls for National AIDS Plan

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Congresswoman Donna Christian-Christensen (D-V.I.), Debra Fraser Howze, CEO of the National Leadership Commission on AIDS, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). Photo Credit Lauren Victoria Burke Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Open Congressional Letter U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Statement U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Statement U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Statement U.S. Rep. Al Greene (D-TX) …

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Mother of Adult AIDS Patient Struggles to Provide Care

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Our Problem By Sharon Egiebor Dallas area resident Shirley Smith’s 30-year-old-son Darrell is mentally disabled and has AIDS. Darrell, who has the mind of a 14-year-old, is unwilling to take his antiretroviral medication. Smith, a substitute teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in social work, was a guest speaker recently at an HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign at …

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A-List Stars Raise Funds to Fight HIV/AIDS in African Americans

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LOS ANGELES — Phill Wilson, executive director of Black AIDS Institute, Robi Reed, producer and casting director, Magic Johnson, former NBA player and philanthropist and his wife, Cookie, attend a birthday party for Reed that benefits the Black AIDS Inst Photo Credit LS-PR.com Our Problem View red carpet photos of the event LOS ANGELES — …

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New Classes of Drugs Offer Hope to Treatment Experienced Patients

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Privileged Gardner By Deneen Robinson Comments on last column One of the challenges in the last couple of years has been the looming concern that people with HIV are ageing out of treatment options. What does that mean? Well as people are living longer with HIV and developing resistance to the current drugs, there is concern …

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Let’s have a dialogue about circumcision that’s driven by facts and mutual respect

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Statement:ll By Phill Wilson The Bush administration revealed Sunday that it will use part of its $15 billion-a-year global AIDS program to promote male circumcision in sub- Saharan Africa as an HIV prevention tool. The news is a welcome development that, for once, puts science at the forefront of the administration’s response to this epidemic. However, …

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A Sister’s Gift Host 2K Run

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Program Feature By Sharon Egiebor DALLAS – A Sister’s Gift is holding its third annual 2K run on Sept. 8 in Reverchon Park in Dallas. The nonprofit organization was founded in memory of Ronald D. Lewis, the brother of Cheryl Edwards. Edwards said the agency provides 11 different core services, ranging from HIV testing and education …

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ESPN Sports Commentator To Run To Benefit AIDS Cause

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Solution By Sharon Egiebor Learn more about 25:40 A Sister’s Gift 2K Run ESPN Sports commentator Kevin B. Blackistone is training to run in the Marine Corps Marathon to benefit children impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Blackistone, a panelist on “Around the Horn,” said he wanted his first marathon run to be for a good …

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AIDS Organizations Expects to Raise Thousands From Marathon

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By Sharon Egiebor A nonprofit agency that provides support to South African children impacted or affected by HIV/AIDS will be one of the beneficiaries of the 32nd Marine Corps Marathon. The agency, 25:40, based in Burke, Va., is expecting to raise $25,000 from the Oct. 28 event, said Alec Zacaroli, who operates the foundation with his …

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Dems Participate in Historic Debate on Gay Rights Issues; HIV Gets Limited Attention

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Presidential Campaign By Sharon Egiebor Read the transcripts Sen. Barak Obama Sen. Dennis Kucinich Gov. Bill Richardson Sen. Hillary Clinton Sen. Mike Gravel   The Democratic presidential candidates barely covered the topic of HIV/AIDS as it relates to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community during the first televised debate on gay rights issues Thursday evening. …

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Three Week HIV/AIDS Campaign Kicks Off With Diaper Drive

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Awareness By Sharon Egiebor Calendar of Activities DALLAS – Three years ago, Dona Gassaway Mitchell heard the news that 50 percent of the new HIV infections in teenagers were among blacks, and that the HIV rate was especially high in teenagers who lived in two Dallas zip codes. “It touched my heart,” said Mitchell. “My deal …

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My Reaction to Learning My HIV Positive Status

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Privileged Gardener By Deneen Robinson A privilege is a right or advantage gained by birth, social position, position, effort or concession. It is an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person. Privilege is never equated with HIV. I consider it a privilege to use my gifts to share information on HIV disease and be …

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Democratic Presidential Candidates to Speak to LGBT Audience for the First Time

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Presidential Debates By Staff Reports At least seven of the eight the Democratic Presidential Candidates will participate for the first time in a forum that will speak to a Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) television audience. The Visible Vote 08: A Presidential Forum in Hollywood, Calif., will air live 6 p.m. PT/9: p.m. EDT on Aug. 9 on LOGO …

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Kaiser Webcast to Focus on Elminating Disparities of HIV/AIDS in the African American Community

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Be the Solution By Staff Reports Kaiser Family Foundation will host a live, interactive webcast on kaisernetwork.org to discuss racial disparities in HIV/AIDS, with a focus on the African- American community. African-Americans account for more people estimated to be living with AIDS and HIV-related deaths than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S. The webcast will …

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Understanding the Difference Between Formal Education and HIV Prevention

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Prevention By Sharon Egiebor In Denver, HIV/AIDS prevention workers inevitably get around to the conversation of highly-educated African American women and the rising rate of HIV infection among them. The chatter goes, if the women are so educated, why aren’t they smart enough to protect themselves from the HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections? Ru Johnson, program …

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‘Heroes’ Star Jimmie Jean-Louis Speaks Out About HIV/AIDS

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Profile By Chris Bournea Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is featured among the cast of the television phenomenon “Heroes,” about a group of ordinary people gifted with superpowers who are trying to save the world. In real life, Jean-Louis may not be taking on something ambitious as saving the world, but his mission of bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS …

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Teens Engaging in Sex Less, Using More Condoms

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By the numbers By Sharon Egiebor Overall, abstinence and lessons on sexual responsibility appear to be clicking for non-Hispanic black youth, says Joyce Abma, Ph.d., a social scientist with the National Center for Health Statistics. The number of high school black youth who had sex for the first time in 2005 dropped from 82 percent to …

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A.D.A.M. Project Addresses Underlying Issues of HIV/AIDS

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Mobilization By John Gordon RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Brought together in one room, in an effort to end the silence and stigma of HIV/AIDS and the ravishing affect it is having on African Americans in the community, a very qualified panel, not only voiced their opinions, but offered valid and possible solutions for change. As African Americans …

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Any Candidate Who Wants Your Support Should First Offer a Plan for Ending AIDS

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Statement: Democratic Debate at Howard By Phill Wilson When the Democrats gathered on June 28 for the first of Tavis Smiley’s All-American Presidential Forums, the conversation about AIDS was a far cry from the sorry spectacle of the 2004 vice presidential debate. In that 2004 debate, moderator Gwen Ifill asked both Vice President Dick Cheney and …

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Nigerian Social Worker

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Voices: Learn more about discriminatory attitudes in Nigeria Comfort, a social worker, was in the U.S. recently to attend a conference on HIV treatment. I work with an organization in Oyo, Nigeria. We work in the community, especially in the rural area, where we do mother-to-child transmission and volunteer HIV counseling and testing. Also, we …

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Democrats Debate HIV/AIDS, Fail to Articulate Strategic Plan

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From left, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Joe Biden, N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson, former N.C. Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Barack Obama, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Sen. Christopher Dodd Politics By Sharon Egiebor List of Candidates Question and Answers Democratic presidential candidates are aware of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African Americans, but none …

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Celebrities Take Public HIV Test, Join the Fight Against AIDS

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Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Hollywood A-list actors, musicians and athletes, including Regina King, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Samaki Walker stepped up Monday to take an HIV test in public and to encourage 1 million African Americans to get tested for the disease. Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, also spoke at the news conference …

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Guyana Project Trains HIV Positive Women

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Diaspora By Sharon Egiebor The Guyana government partnered with private manufactures, retailers and lending institutions to provide job training and crafts skills, business management and micro finance loans for women living with HIV/AIDS. The women then used the skills and loans to open their own businesses. “Jobs are scarce in Guyana,” said Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle, Community …

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VA’s Paperless System Increases HIV Testing 97%

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Beverly VanMetre Johnson, RN, explains her poster presentation on increasing the number of veterans tested for HIV during the American Conference for the Treatment of HIV, which was held in Dallas recently. By Sharon Egiebor Nearly every health care provider agrees that more people should be tested for HIV. The sticky wicket for some is how …

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Abstinence Education Lessons Slow to Change Teen Behavior

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Living What They Know By Sharon Egiebor Too many children are living in households where marriage is uncommon and sexual abstinence is rarely considered an option. The children come from homes where their mother is the second, third or even fourth generation of households headed by single women. For these children, taking an abstinence only education …

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The Villages at Samaritan House is Home for HIV-Positive Families

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Where the Heart Is By Andrea Conley FORT WORTH – The caseworker came regularly to Crystal’s southwest Fort Worth apartment. In fact, the person was too regular. Eventually Crystal’s neighbors found out about her HIV positive status. The confrontations started after Crystal felt her life was back to order following the HIV-positive diagnosis. She was in …

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Dr. Samuel Katz Discusses the Similarites, Differences of HPV and Potential AIDS Vaccine

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In the news By Sharon Egiebor Dr. Samuel Katz, Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and chairman emeritus of pediatrics at Duke University, was the co-founder of the measles vaccine in 1958 and has testified before Congress advocating mandatory immunizations as necessary for the public’s good. Sharon Egiebor, Blackaids.org project manager, interviewed Katz by telephone on the recent …

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New Study Probes How Religion Can Help HIV/AIDS Patients

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By Katie Pence CINCINNATI — After a University of Cincinnati (UC) study revealed that people living with the HIV virus felt alienated by their churches following diagnosis, researchers began to explore the feelings of religious leaders and congregations about the illness. Previous research showed among other things that black patients claimed to have become more spiritual …

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National Plan Needed to Stop AIDS in Black America

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Statement By Chris Collins New report offers concrete recommendations to reduce HIV infection rates, increase access to AIDS-related care, and combat racial disparities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Email This Article To a Friend] Tuesday, May 1, 2007 Contact: Amy Weil, OSI, aweil@sorosny.org; 212-548-0381 Wendy Sefsaf, OSI, wsefsaf@osi-dc.org; 202-721-5642 NEW YORK –America must develop a comprehensive national strategy …

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Gloria Reuben’s Activism Moves from Screen to Real-Life Role

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‘Life Support’ star Gloria Reuben speaks out on HIV/AIDS In the acclaimed HBO movie “Life Support,” Gloria Reuben plays the director of a real-life nonprofit AIDS outreach organization. By Chris Bournea COLUMBUS, Ohio — Actress Gloria Reuben, known for her groundbreaking work as television’s first HIV-positive character in a regularly occurring role, is also an outspoken …

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Tackles HIV/AIDS Issue with Proposed Legislation

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By Dennis J. Freeman LOS ANGELES — Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she wants insurance companies to cover the cost of HIV testing and testing for federal prisoners when they arrive and when they leave the penal institutions. “We will ensure that your confidentiality is respected,” said Waters, D-California. “What we’re saying is…just offer it. Just do …

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Discovery of an HIV Inhibitor in Human Blood Points to New Drug Class

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Research By Science Daily A new study has pinpointed a natural ingredient of human blood that effectively blocks HIV-1, the virus predominantly responsible for human AIDS, from infecting immune cells and multiplying. The virus blocker might play a role in the progression of HIV to full-blown AIDS and–because it works in a different way than existing …

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MSM Fighting the Stigma Monster

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By Sharon Egiebor Even though HIV/AIDS is being discussed from the church house to the state house to the White House to the jailhouse, stigma still keeps many African American men who sleep with men from getting tested and seeking medical care, according to leading researchers. African American men, those who identify as gay and those …

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HIV/AIDS Leadership Forum Set for April 21

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Mobilization By Black Voice News SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter and Sen. Negrete McLeod in conjunction with the City of Rialto have joined forces for an HIV/AIDS Leadership Forum to arm community leaders and elected officials with resources to deal with this growing health crisis. Reported cases of HIV and AIDS in the …

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Gonorrhea Increasingly Resistant to Some Antibiotics

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Drug Therapy *Additional information on available gonorrhea treatments can be found at: www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/arg/. Gonorrhea, the second-most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, is increasingly becoming resistant to certain classes of standard antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending the use of a new drug class. “Gonorrhea has now joined …

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New York Health Department Creates Condom Brand

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Prevention By Frankie Edozien NEW YORK — When it was reported over a year ago, that New York City health officials were working on a plan to brand their own condom, Big Apple residents snickered. Jokes could be heard from one end of the city to the other. The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, who …

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Dr. Robert L. Johnson Talks about HIV Prevention for Youth

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Youth By Sharon Egiebor Dr. Robert L. Johnson, co-author of “Strength of Their Journey – 5 Essential Disciplines African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens (Random House October 2002),” treats one of the largest clientele of young adults living with HIV/AIDS in America. Johnson also is the interim dean of the New Jersey Medical School …

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The New Face of TB: Drug Resistance and HIV

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By IRIN News Tuberculosis (TB) is back with a vengeance and it has a new face: the combination of the HIV epidemic with new strains of the disease that are resistant to the existing drugs has seen new TB cases and TB-related deaths skyrocket in the last decade. Mycobacterium TB, the bacterium that causes the disease, …

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Reps. Lee, Shays Introduce Legislation to Fix Flaw in U.S. HIV Funding

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Rep. Barbara Lee taking an HIV test. (File photo) AIDS Funding WASHINGTON — A new report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), shows that the fight against AIDS is being undermined by the requirement that most U.S. funding to address sexual transmission of the HIV virus go to abstinence-until-marriage programs. The report states that …

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WHO, UNIADS Recommend Male Circumcision as Part of HIV Prevention Package

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Prevention PARIS/GENEVA — WHO and UNAIDS are recommending that male circumcision be recognized as an additional important intervention to reduce the risk of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection in men. The decision was released from an international expert consultation held March 6-8 in Montreux, Switzerland. Participants representing a wide range of stakeholders, included governments, civil society, researchers, …

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Are Black Men Really on the Down Low?

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By Sharon Egiebor Samuel Agyemang is delving into the secret sex lives of black men. Agyemang, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York, is conducting a survey men who are African American or of African descent who have sex with men and women. “There is a controversy as to why black, heterosexual …

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Black Leaders Convene to Find New Ways to Stop AIDS

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Representatives of more than 16 leading black national organizations attend the three-day National Black AIDS Mobilization Strategic Planning Session. Photo Credit Duane Cramer Mobilization By Dennis Freeman Read a full list of the participating organizations. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Black leaders say they are on the move. They have seen enough. They’ve seen enough …

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Song Educates Teens on HIV Risks

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Youth Prevention By Sharon Egiebor Click Here to listen to “What Are You Waiting For?” Stephen Logwood believes a song can influence individuals to change personal behavior. Logwood and his business partner Keith Holland create songs and lyrics as part of a social marketing campaign to change individual health behavior. Their latest song focuses on HIV …

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Living In Homeless Shelters

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Voices …. By Sharon Egiebor The Women’s Collective, a support program for women who are HIV positive, in Washington, D.C., provides services to several women who live in area shelters. Angela spoke with Black AIDS project editor Sharon Egiebor about her experience in area homeless shelters. The federal Housing and Urban Development Department reported in February …

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African Americans Maintain Highest Rate of HIV Infections

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New CDC Analysis By Sharon Egiebor African Americans are still the racial group mostly affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the estimated 184,991 adult and adolescent HIV infections diagnosed during 2001–2005, more than 51 percent occurred among blacks than among all other racial/ethnic populations combined. An estimated 62 percent …

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Gay-bashing Incident Provides a Golden Opportunity for NBA

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Statement By Phill Wilson Because of two recent acts — one of courage, the other of hate — the National Basketball Association has an historic opportunity to combat AIDS in the Black community. Earlier this month, retired NBA player John Amaechi took a courageous step, unveiling in his memoir that he is a gay man. The …

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The NAACP’s Continued Leadership on AIDS is Crucial to Black America’s Survival

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Statement By Phill Wilson In an Associated Press report published March 5, NAACP Executive Director Bruce S. Gordon announced he has resigned his post as the organization’s chief manager. The Black AIDS Institute’s Executive Director Phill Wilson, who has worked closely with the NAACP during Gordon’s tenure, made the following statement concerning the organization’s leadership on …

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Dr. Debbie Hagins Uses Personal Experience to Help Her Patients

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Dr. Debbie Hagins Photo Credit Brett Vander Photography By Sharon Egiebor Dr. Debbie P. Hagins, the clinical director of outpatient services for the Chatham County Health Department IDC Clinic, a Ryan White-funded clinic in Savannah, GA, is an investigator in the recently announced GRACE study. GRACE (Gender, Race And Clinical Experience) will study the in-treatment experienced …

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Lucy Florence Cultural Center, BlingH20 Go Red To Raise Funds For Black American HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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By Sharon Egiebor Bling H20, the bottled water company targeted toward luxury consumers, and Lucy Florence Cultural Center, a renowned entertainment complex in Los Angeles, are going Red to raise funds to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in African Americans in America. The two companies are creating a twist on the international Red campaign where portions …

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