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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Choosing Motherhood When You’re HIV-Positive

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Column By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Having a child was always my desire. I prayed, fasted and wept my eyes out as I pleaded with God to have mercy on me. He heard my prayers in 1996 when I had got pregnant during my honeymoon. I lost the baby, and spent the entire of 1997 waiting. It seemed …

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54 Women’s Group Sign Pledge to Help Eradicate AIDS in Black Americans

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Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Fifty-four women’s organizations, representing 4 million African American women across the U.S., have pledged to take action to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the black community within five years. The organizations made the commitment during the second annual “M.E.E! (Mobilization, Education, Empowerment) Sistahs Getting Real About HIV” conference held recently in …

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Elected Officials Participate in “Got AIDS?” Awareness Campaign

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Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D), vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, addresses a crowd gathered inside the state Capitol on Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Waters was joined by several of his House colleagues. Photo Credit Philadelphia State Legisature Moblization By Chris Bour Legislators at the national, state and local levels recently …

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Dr. Kevin Fenton Guest Speaker At M.E.E.! Conference

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Event Click here for M.E.E. Conference Gala Tickets and Registration. Prior to becoming director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP), Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort—a position he had been appointed to in January 2005. Since 1995, he has worked in research, epidemiology, …

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 2007 The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans. February 7, 2007 marks the seventh year of this annual event. Click here to read Milestones in the Black HIV/AIDS Epidemic. The primary goal …

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Cartoon About AIDS No Laughing Matter

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By Stephanie Ward Isaacs’ life was shaken apart by a single phone call from someone he barely knew. In an agitated tone, the man on the other end of the phone told Isaac that he had infected him with the deadly HIV/AIDS virus during their brief sexual encounter. Stunned beyond belief, Isaac dropped the phone and …

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It’s All About M.E.E.! Conference Feb. 7-11, 2007

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Sistahs Getting Real About HIV Click here for registration, workshop proposals, hotel reservations, advertising opportunities and event sponsorship.   LOS ANGELES — National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCWB), National Council of Negro Women and the Black AIDS Institute are hosting the 2nd Annual It’s All About M.E.E.! (Mobilization, Education & Empowerment) Sistahs Getting Real …

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From The Heart of the TB Community

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We Also Have A Dream By Team TBTV Martin Luther King fought and died for social justice, raising his voice for the rights of the oppressed. A life of struggle to turn a dream into reality. In 2006, over two million people died from a similar social injustice – tuberculosis. TB is disease of poverty which …

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California Legislative Black Caucus Declares Feb. 7 National Black HIV Day

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SACRAMENTO (Jan. 16, 2007) – The California Legislative Black Caucus will observe Feb. 7 as National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day. Caucus Members will wear T-shirts that ask the question “Got AIDS? How do you know?” to floor session in an attempt to encourage African Americans to get screened for HIV. In addition, the Black …

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Blacks’ HIV Risk Dramatically Higher Than Whites Despite Safer Sex Lives

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Prevention CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Young black adults are far more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, than young white adults, even when they engage in the same or even safer behavior, according to research released recently. The study, published electronically by the American Journal of Public Health, found that …

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Takes HIV Test

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Bishop T.D. Jakes takes an AIDS test in celebration of World AIDS Day on Dec.2, 2006. Photo Credit Anna Macias Black Mobilization By Anna Macias DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the country’s most prominent African-American pastors, opened his mouth wide to give a saliva sample as part of a simple HIV/AIDS screening test in …

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Black Mobilization Would Go a Long Way in Stopping AIDS, Keeping the Promise

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World AIDS Day 2006 By Phill Wilson AIDS in America today is a black disease that can only be stopped if each of us does our part–from churches to civil rights organization, from media organizations to academic institutions, cultural organizations to policy making bodies, every institution in Black America must make ending the AIDS epidemic a …

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Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer Turns Compassion into Action

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Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer Turns Compassion into Action By Randy Boyd As an epidemiology nurse in a major medical center in Philadelphia in 1983, Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer saw right away how AIDS was going to affect the Black community. At the time, the national profile for persons with AIDS was white, gay and male, but the first patient Abdul-Khabeer …

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Volunters Reach Beyond Personal Pain To Serve Others

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Justine Mwansa, a widow, mother of two and guardian to eight children, rests outside her home before going to her volunteer job where she cares for AIDS sufferers in their home. Photo Credit Yvonne Barlow Diaspora By Yvonne Barlow LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Justina Mwansa is a widow with two children. She lives in a one-room home, …

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Duane Cramer’s Photographic Talent Spotlights HIV/AIDS Issues

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle Many times the photographer is the person behind the scenes, with the personality blocked by the lens. Duane Cramer is so bubbly, outgoing that most people only notice later that they were being photographed. Cramer is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco who uses his skills to highlight …

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Patrik-Ian Polk’s Creative Style Places HIV/AIDS Within The Story Line

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle By Anna Macias Patrik-Ian Polk hasn’t discovered a cure for AIDS, lobbied Congress for AIDS funding or consoled dying patients. But he earned the title “Heroes In The Struggle” against HIV/AIDS because he’s brilliantly used his gifts as a screenwriter, director and producer to entertain and captivate an audience while …

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Zambia’s Efforts To Distribute Free ARV’s Return Many To Normal Life

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Diaspora By Yvonne Barlow LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Musonda Chellah’s eyes shine when she talks about eating lots of fresh vegetables and taking care of her health. But her plump skin and wide smile conceal a deadly disease. Chellah is HIV positive. She believes she got the disease from her husband. “I was depressed. I told my …

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The Role of Madonna’s Millions in Malawi Adoption Case

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MASEUR, LESOTHO — The Beautiful Gate Orphanage has 20-25 infants and toddlers under 5 years old. Most of the babies are abandoned on streets are in hospitals. Some are among the more than 25,000 HIV positive children born in the country each year. Commentary By Sharon Egiebor It’s easy to sit back and criticize Madonna’s actions …

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Dr. Michael Beckwith’s Humanitarian Works Use Nonviolent Techniques

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A 2006 Heroes In The Struggle If it is as Emerson stated that every institution is but the lengthened shadow of one person, then the Agape International Spiritual Center, the Association for Global New Thought, and the Season for Nonviolence are indeed extensions of Dr. Michael Beckwith and his vision of one human family united …

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Karen Williams AAHU Graduate

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Obituary By Stephanie Ward Reeling from the effects of a sudden heart attack, Karen Williams was dealt a double blow from doctors in 1999 when she was diagnosed with AIDS. Shocked beyond belief, Williams spun off into a depression that lasted three years. After finally coming to grips with the disease, Williams made a decision to …

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Cheryl Lynn Guest Artists at Gala, Reception

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Heroes In The Struggle Read the lyrics Singer Cheryl Lynn, famous for her “Got to Be Real,” will be the featured artist for the 6th Annual Heroes In The Struggle. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Directors Guild of America. Lynn, who was born Cheryl Lynn Smith in …

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No Time to Mourn in Lesotho

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Diaspora By Sharon Egiebor MASERU, LESOTHO – They clamored around the travel bus, hands outstretched, reaching to the foreign visitors for small change, candy and any favor that passed through the doors. Some 3,000 people came out for the opening celebration of the country’s first pediatric HIV/AIDS clinic that featured the king, the prime minister, local …

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The U.S. Needs a National AIDS Strategy

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Commentary By Chris Collins You cannot expect concrete results for your investments without a clear plan of action. So when the United States sets out to help a country tackle its AIDS epidemic one of the first things we do is insist that a national AIDS plan is in place. Over a quarter century into the …

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Dionne Warwick and Friends to Receive Special Tribute

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Heroes In The Struggle Click here to read the lyrics The song is so familiar that if someone starts humming the intro most people will jump in with “That’s what friends are for….” Rod Stewart originally recorded “That’s What Friends Are For” in 1979 for the movie “Night Shift.” However, it wasn’t until Dionne (Warwick) …

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Tony Wafford Draws Celebrities to HIV Prevention

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A 2006 Heroes in the Struggle By Erv Dyer [Editor’s Note: Tony Wafford will be honored at the Black AIDS Institute’s sixth annual Gala Reception, silent auction and awards presentation, Heroes In The Struggle, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles. To buy tickets or get more information, call 213-353-3610 or …

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Rare STD Could Hit Black Men Next

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Column: Black Gay Men By Roderick A. Scott-Padilla *BlackAIDS.org welcomes Roderick A. Scott-Padilla, a gay black man who has spent several years conducting HIV prevention outreach, as a monthly columnist. NEW YORK — While the African American gay community deals with the threat of violence, racism and homophobia, it may be forced to handle another obstacle …

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Senseless Crime Takes Life of One of Africa’s Best and Brightest

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STATEMENT: Mourning the Loss of a Leader The world lost one of its most talented and caring voices in the struggle against HIV/AIDS last week. Nigerian journalist and AIDS activist Omololu Falobi was shot to death in Lagos,Nigeria, on Oct. 5. He was 35 years old. Details of Falobi’s death are still unclear, but what …

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Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes Adds New Funds For AIDS Programs

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Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes is putting money where his mouth is. For the past three years, Hughes, (D) has pushed for and received millions of new dollars from the Pennsylvania state budget for HIV/AIDS in African Americans, with a good portion of the funds targeted toward young people. In 2004, Hughes …

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Two Diseases, One Prevention Effort

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Community health agents Kinyak Odette and Foka Francoise impregnate a mosquito net with insecticide and unfold it to allow it to dry. Photo Credit (c) 2005 Rachel Hoy, Courtesy of Photoshare Global AIDS Conference || Toronto 2006 By Erv Dyer TORONTO — If poverty and ignorance are accelerators of the HIV epidemic, malaria is, too. Roll …

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NIH Signs Vaccine Research Contract with Crucell

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Research By Reuters AMSTERDAM, Oct 9, 2006 (Reuters) – Dutch biotechnology firm Crucell on says it had secured a $16.2 million U.S. contract to develop a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The contract is with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the …

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ADAP Waiting Lists Persist

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Treatment News WASHINGTON — A total of 302 individuals were on AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists in six states as of Sept. 20, according to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. Two of those states have had ADAP waiting lists for nearly two years. Although one ADAP was able to …

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Conference Focuses on Health Issues and the Black Church

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Religion The Balm in Gilead is hosting the “The Black Church Institute on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities” from Oct. 24-27 at the Charleston Riverview Hotel in Charleston, S.C. The conference is exclusively designed for leaders of Black churches who strive to increase their knowledge about HIV/AIDS and other diseases and to strengthen their commitment …

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Congressional Black Caucus Members Take HIV Test on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Sept. 27, 2006)From left, Congressional members Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Corrine Brown of Florida, Maxine Waters of California, Melvin L. Watt of North Carolina, Eleanor Norton Holmes of Washington, D.C Photo Credit Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee Mobilization By Sharon Egiebor Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-California, was one …

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Gilead’s Releases Study Data on Anti-HIV Drug Viread®

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Medicine San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 27, 2006 – Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) has announced two presentations of long-term efficacy and safety data from Study 903E on the company’s leading once-daily anti-HIV medication, Viread® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). This clinical trial is an ongoing open-label extension of Gilead’s Study 903, a three-year double-blinded randomized clinical trial …

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Ugandan Youth Moves to Toronto to Increase Youth Activism

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Voices from … Toronto By Freddie Allen Even with his eyes closed in complete darkness, it’s nearly impossible for AIDS activist Henry Luyombya to get any sleep at night. Days filled with speaking engagements, planning sessions, and televised interviews leave the 26-year-old Ugandan’s mind and body restless. “I try not thinking about it, but it’s hard …

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A Rose by Another Name

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Statement: Why It’s a Black Thang A Rose by Another Name By Phill Wilson When we started a think tank to focus on AIDS in Black America seven years ago, we had one goal above all else: Convince Black people that AIDS was our problem. Our slogan — “Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution” – …

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