Experts Examining Futuristic, Innovative Approaches to Prevention

Posted in: News 2006

Dr. Helene Gayle Photo Credit Alice Thomas-Tisdale Breakthrough Research By Linda Villarosa What if there was a pill that could be taken once a day to prevent the spread of HIV? That idea may not be as Orwellian as it sounds. Scientists are studying that idea, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PREP, as well as many …

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Obama Criticizes South African Response to AIDS

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By Gordon Bell Barack Obama, the only black U.S. senator, criticized South African leaders on Monday for their slow response to AIDS and urged President Thabo Mbeki to take a tougher stand against Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. South African AIDS activists say Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has caused confusion by pushing traditional medicines and a recipe of …

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Primetime to air first national program on AIDS epidemic in African Americans

Posted in: News 2006

By Sharon Egiebor (AUG. 21, 2006) ABC News will present a special documentary on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African Americans. The documentary, “Out of Control: AIDS In Black America,” is the first comprehensive, national network television news documentary on the AIDS epidemic among African Americans. Terry Moran reports on the crisis in …

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Entertainer writes daily blog during AIDS Conference

Posted in: News 2006

Sheryl Lee Ralph Photo Credit Sylvia Dunnavant Diva Dishing By Sheryl Lee Ralph Day One Aug. 13, 2006 [Email This Article To a Friend] I was scheduled to be at the airport at 4 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight from Jamaica to Toronto. I overslept and did not make it to the airport until 6 …

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No Actions, No Words From U.S. Government At International AIDS Conference

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Conspicuous Absence No Actions, No Words From U.S. Government At International AIDS Conference By Phill Wilson The challenges we face in fighting HIV are not unique to the United States. As we can see in several posters, presentations and workshops this week, efforts by several nations to slow AIDS in their countries have been insufficient, …

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Former President Bill Clinton Says His Administration Could Have Done More To Reduce HIV/AIDS

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TORONTO — Former President Bill Clinton says his administration could have done more for people suffering from AIDS/HIV. Photo Credit Duane Cramer Presidential unease By Erv Dyer TORONTO — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in a keynote address Tuesday at the XVI International AIDS Conference, said that in the 1990s, even during the height of his …

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African Americans pushing, prodding agenda onto their turf

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Moving upstage African Americans pushing, prodding agenda onto their turf By Phill Wilson Toronto 2006 presents an extraordinary opportunity to change the trajectory of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Black America. Coming against a backdrop of three historic commemorations—the 25th anniversary of the first AIDS cases diagnosed in the United States, the 10th anniversary of HAART, …

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Civic Groups, Community Leaders, Politicians Reach Agreement on AIDS

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Leaders of eight African American organizations meet during the XVI International AIDS Conference where they collectively agreed and signed a joint declaration to reduce the rising rate of HIV in African Americans by 2011. Photo Credit Duane Cramer Mobilization By Erv Dyer For the first time in the history of the International AIDS Conference – and …

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Donna Christian-Christensen Brings Her Skills as a Physician to the Political Table

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Mobilization By B. Denise Hawkins Washington (Aug. 14, 2006) — For Donna Christian- Christensen (D-VI), the equation should be simple and the response swift when there is a matter of “national security” looming. But there is no war raging as HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately ravage African- Americans and other people of color, says the first female …

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BET, BLACK AIDS INSTITUTE AND KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE 10 FINALISTS

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Media & Culture WASHINGTON (July 24, 2006) – Culminating an extensive national call for submissions, BET Networks, the Black AIDS Institute (The Institute), and the Kaiser Family Foundation are proud to announce the 10 finalists in the 3rd Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition (RIU/BASS), who are now eligible for the next level of …

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LIFEbeat Cancels AIDS Benefit Concert

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Community Activism LIFEbeat, a musical industry charitable organization dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention, canceled its July 18 benefit concert featuring Bennie Man and TOK, following protests by GLBT organizations. REGGAE GOLD LIVE 2006 SUMMER JUMPOFF was scheduled for New York’s Webster Hall. The GLBT community calls Beenie Man and …

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AIDS Benefit Concert Dangerously Excuses Reggae Artists’ Gay-Bashing

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Statement: AIDS Benefit Concert Dangerously Excuses Reggae Artists’ Gay-Bashing A music-industry charity that uses recording artists to raise awareness about AIDS and spur HIV prevention among youth has scheduled a benefit concert that aims to generate “dialogue” about AIDS in the Caribbean American community. Somehow, the organizers have concluded that the best way to accomplish …

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Parenting With HIV

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From the Black Press By Madison J. Gray As a teenager, life was hard enough for Antoinette McCluster, who was dealing with being a runaway, poverty, depression, and her mother taking custody of her five-month-old daughter. Finding out she had HIV on top of it all didn’t help. “I had to deal with the homeless, sleeping …

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Getting the Most Out of HIV Testing

Posted in: News 2006

STATEMENT: National HIV Testing Day Today is the 12th National HIV Testing Day. This annual campaign, led by the National Association of People with AIDS, urges us to recognize and act on one of the AIDS epidemics great truths: What we dont know can kill us. (Click here to find a testing site near you.) …

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Phill Wilson Turns 50 — Never Expected to See 30

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From the Black Press By George Curry WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Intellectually, Phill Wilson had it all figured out. As a Black, gay man living in Los Angeles during the 1980s, he presumed that he had contracted AIDS. Wilson and other anti-AIDS activists glossed over the issue by telling one another: Assume you have AIDS and behave …

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Dumbing Down the HIV Test

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By Kai Wright The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the final stages of revising federal guidelines for the HIV testing process, aiming to “normalize” HIV testing by streamlining the process of gaining consent to test and doing away with recommendation that testing include counseling. In a March 8 letter, published by Housing …

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If We Have to Take Tomorrow

Posted in: News 2006

The Gay Men’s Initiative Click here to download a PDF version of the collection Edited by Frank Leon Roberts and Marvin K. White, If We Have to Take Tomorrow is a collection of writings by and for black gay and bisexual men about their lives, loves and belonging in the era of HIV. It is …

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AIDS Flatlines Again in Bush Budget Plan

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BlackAIDS.org Reports By Kai Wright A host of domestic AIDS programs would be cut or kept at level funding for the sixth year in a row under a fiscal year 2007 budget proposal that the White House submitted to Congress earlier this month. President Bush’s Feb. 6 budget plan would increase overall domestic AIDS spending by …

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The President’s Mocking Call for ‘Hope’

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STATEMENT: State of the Union 2006 The President’s Mocking Call for ‘Hope’ President Bush once again pledged bold action last night to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America, citing the disproportionate impact among African Americans in particular. The Institute applauds that pledge. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we’ve heard it — and we’re …

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Pioneer’s Work Lives on in Individual Committments to a Just Future

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STATEMENT: Mourning the Loss of Coretta Scott King Pioneer’s Work Lives on in Individual Committments to a Just Future The Black AIDS Institute family joins our community and the world today in mourning the loss of civil rights pioneer Coretta Scott King. In her life, Mrs. King contributed to her community through countless roles, from …

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Vagina Pride

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Recent weeks have seen me doing a lot of talk, but the topic which always took the cake was gender pride. As you must have guessed by now, I’m unashamedly feminist and pro-women. One of my greatest asset is my gender, and I totally, completely, absolutely relish and …

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Psst. Homophobia Causes AIDS. Pass it On.

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Colin Robinson When we talk about the complexities of African American homophobia, we’ve grown used to commenting about how Gay men’s participation in key roles in the Black church is such a public secret, notwithstanding the Bible-thumping sermon about sex and Sodom that remains a Sunday morning staple. But those of us who work in …

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Following Rosa Parks Lead in the Fight Against AIDS

Posted in: News 2005-Older

STATEMENT: World AIDS Day Following Rosa Parks Lead in the Fight Against AIDS Fifty years ago, an ordinary Black woman boarded an ordinary city bus in a small, ordinary southern town and an extraordinary thing happened. By holding fast to her seat, Rosa Parks gave voice to the frustration and pain — and to the …

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Measuring a Year in the Epidemic

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson “There’s only us. There’s only this,… No other road, no other way, no day but today.” Jonathan Larson February 4, 1960-January 25, 1996 I just saw Rent, the much anticipated movie adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera about a year — “five hundred, twenty-five …

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Melody to Loneliness

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Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Loneliness. Hello, how are you? You sure have become familiar. You’ve become such an ever present companion; I feel I know you better than ever before. But since I have you so very nicely figured out, why do I still ache and hurt so much when you put …

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Policing Positives

Posted in: News 2005-Older

From ColorLines magazine By Kai Wright Garry Wayne Carriker had a pretty promising life ahead of him. He’d graduated from the Air Force Academy back in 2001 and at age 26 was prepared to graduate from Emory University’s prestigious medical school this past spring. He probably never dreamed he’d instead spend most of the year sitting …

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A Moment of Truth on Capitol Hill

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Hundreds of AIDS activists from around the country converged on Washington, D.C., this weekend to demand policymakers invest resources in stopping the virus’ spread and treating those who are already positive. The march coincides with what is shaping up to be a crucial week on Capitol Hill, in which lawmakers will decide whether to embrace …

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Bias in the Clinic

Posted in: News 2005-Older

One in four people receiving care in the U.S. for an HIV infection report experiencing discrimination from a health care provider, according to a new study. And more than half of them cite their physicians as the individual who discriminated against them. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal …

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Power to the People?

Posted in: News 2005-Older

A do-it-yourself HIV test that provides results in as few as 20 minutes will face review from a key advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration this week, which will decide whether to recommend the test for over-the-counter sales. On Thursday, Nov. 3, the FDA’s Blood Products Advisory Committee will consider whether the OraQuick …

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Birds Fly High

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Positive Poetry A Newark, N.J.-native, 26-year-old baron. is a rising poetic talent. His debut album, Troubled Man, blends hip hop and spoken word in pieces that tell the story of a young, Black and unapologetically gay life. In a year in which public health watchers have groped for answers about why HIV infection rates are …

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Remembering LeRoy Whitfield

Posted in: News 2005-Older

LeRoy Whitfield, a pioneering young AIDS journalist who lived with the virus for 15 years, died from AIDS-related illnesses on Sunday, Oct. 9. He was 36 years old. Whitfield had for years been among the most recognized journalistic faces of the epidemic. He wrote for publications ranging from Vibe magazine to the Institute’s suite of …

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The Forgotten Epidemic

Posted in: News 2005-Older

BlackAIDS.org Reports By Kai Wright SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Maria has seen worse days, to be sure. Three years ago, she was all but certain to become one of the estimated 35,000 Caribbeans killed by AIDS each year. Her now 175-pound frame had wasted down to a flimsy 90 pounds. “She’s one that, without the …

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

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Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson Post-Katrina, everyone’s obsessed with whether George Bush cares about Black people. Kanye West thinks he doesn’t; Laura Bush insists he does. After all, the first lady said, “I live with him. I know what he believes.” Maybe Laura is right. Maybe W loves him some Black folk. But …

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Learning to Let It Go

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo It saddens me to see how HIV can break not just bodies, but spirits, hearts and souls. We all carry around some form of pain, but for those of us living with HIV, there’s so much pent up anger, pain and regrets. We can’t forgive ourselves for getting …

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Having a Damn to Give

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Craig Washington It has been almost three months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the alarming findings of a study in which 46% of Black homosexually active men surveyed in five major cities tested HIV positive. Phill Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute, expressed outrage at the lack of …

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Gail Wyatt Takes on HIV’s Best-Kept Secret

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Newsmaker Interview Here’s one of the least-discussed but more startling facts about HIV among women in America: As many as half of women living with the virus report a history of sexual abuse in their childhood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So Dr. Gail Wyatt, working with her colleagues at …

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How I Learned to Love Myself

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Positive Poetry By Precious Jackson Hi, my name is Precious. I want to tell you a little about myself so you can get to know me a little better. I was raised by my grandmother and step-grandfather in South Los Angeles. Due to my parents’ drug addictions at that time, they felt it was best that …

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AIDS and Katrina’s Survivors

Posted in: News 2005-Older

The Black AIDS Institute family continues to pray for all of our brothers and sisters struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We also share the widespread concerns voiced by our community leaders that the federal response to yet another public health disaster for poor Black Americans has once again been too slow and too …

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My Plan to End AIDS

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Special Report: Policy & Advocacy By Judith Dillard Let me tell you the story of a nice African-American girl from Texas who didn’t think she could get HIV — but did. It’s also the story of how she tried to kill herself over it. And it’s the story of how she found something to live for …

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Patching Holes in the Safety Net

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Special Report: Policy & Advocacy Congress returns to session this week to face a breathtaking pile of fall work. Disaster relief and the Supreme Court vacancies will occupy much of lawmakers’ energy, but they’ve got other pressing concerns too. They must pass a budget for the coming fiscal year, including for AIDS work. And they …

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A Talk with HIV

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Hey you, I guess you’re called HIV. Now, listen to me and listen attentively. Open your hyper-active, blocked ears and let’s talk. I think I’ve ignored you long enough and now you think you reign. This is the very last time you’re going to cause me discomfort. I’m …

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The CDC’s Tale of David and Goliath

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker By Rashad Burgess Rashad Burgess is a program officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the 2005 HIV Prevention Leadership Summit in late July, Burgess, a black gay man who has been working in HIV since early in the epidemic, delivered the following keynote address. The annual meeting brings together organizations, individuals …

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Revolution in the Heartland

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Cook County Rep. Constance Howard led the Illinois legislature in drafting the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act. By Keith Green Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed on to a first-of-its-kind bill last Friday, August 19th, that launches his state into a massive, government-wide initiative to address the AIDS epidemic among African Americans. AIDS activists say no previous …

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Kanye West Rewrites Hip-Hop’s Gay Record

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kenyon Farrow Last week Roc-A-Fella recording artist and producer extraordinaire Kanye West did something most would think to be career suicide for a Black hip-hop artist, and just days before dropping his sophomore effort, “Late Registration.” During an August 18 MTV interview, Kanye spoke candidly about the impact of homophobia on his own life. He …

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A Shot of Truth

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: Finding a Vaccine By Steve Wakefield Last week, BlackAIDS.org reported on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases survey that found a majority of African Americans believe that HIV vaccines are the best hope for controlling the global AIDS epidemic and are confident such vaccines can be made. But while most of …

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No Ways Tired

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson I grew up on the south side of Chicago. My mother never met a Jet or Ebony Magazine she was willing to throw away. So, like most Black folks of my generation, copies of Jet and Ebony were living room accents as important as coffee tables and lamps. …

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How John H. Johnson Covered AIDS

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kai Wright Today’s magazine editors and T.V. producers have roundly patted themselves on the back for their supposedly-groundbreaking coverage of the “down low.” But through all of the push and pull that story has generated, everyone has overlooked one clear piece of evidence that it’s just warmed over hype: Ebony magazine reported it as long …

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Blacks Think Vaccine Trials Cause HIV

Posted in: News 2005-Older

African Americans are more supportive of HIV vaccine research than the general population, according to a government-led survey, but are far more likely to believe participating in one puts them at risk for contracting HIV. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, released the findings …

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Let Them Eat Co-Pays

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: The Politics of AIDS By Kai Wright The nation’s governors have finally said uncle. Last month, they gave in to the Bush administration’s reckless plans for slicing up the nation’s health care safety net. The National Governor’s Association summer meeting in Iowa rightly focused on the largest problem most of them face, both fiscally and …

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