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Ending HIV will only happen if Black America leads

By Raniyah Copeland | Black AIDS Institute In 2011, Science Magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year” was the discovery that antiretroviral drugs were a game-changer in HIV prevention. The development of treatment as Prevention and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) ushered in the concept of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. By combining effective treatment for people living with HIV with simple and easy biomedical prevention for people at risk of HIV infection we can eliminate HIV transmission and HIV acquisition, thereby breaking the back of the...

Black HIV/Aids Conference Targets Disease Disparities

Even as the overall rate of HIV and Aids is going down, the incidence among African-Americans remains high. A three-day seminar in Florida took place to address that in July, The Friday-through-Sunday session in Tallahassee was hosted by the Black Treatment Advocates of the Big Bend. The group’s Kiera Dell was a prime organizer. “It’s very important that we have training like this for our providers and community members, health professionals and so on to understand HIV from all aspects,” she remarked One...

UNMC Makes Breakthrough in HIV Research

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have taken a major step towards curing HIV. UNMC announced that researchers there, in cooperation with a team at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, have “come up with a way to completely eliminate HIV infection in a special mouse model.” For the first time, researchers say they have eliminated “replication-competent HIV-1 DNA, the virus responsible for AIDS, from the genomes of living animals,” according to a UNMC release. “Our study shows that...

Lottery Scratch-Off Raises Millions for HIV/AIDS Research

Illinois Lottery officials recently announced that its “Red Ribbon Cash” instant scratch-off ticket has raised more than $8 million for HIV/AIDS prevention education since 2008. The money will be used to help organizations that work on HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment in an effort to eliminate the disease by 2030. “Continuing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS research and services is critical to our newly launched Getting to Zero Illinois Plan,” said IDPH acting director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Serving the needs of...

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2019 was May 18, 2019

The following is a statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research Since the first cases of what would become known as HIV/AIDS were initially reported in 1981, scientists and public health officials have been working to better understand HIV, develop strategies to effectively treat and prevent infection, and bring about an end to the pandemic. This effort...

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) educates the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth and highlights the work youth do to strengthen the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is observed each year on April 10 and was created in 2013. In the United States, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were among young people aged 13-24 years. Getting tested for HIV is an important step toward prevention; however, testing rates among high school students remain...

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), the Office on Women’s Health wants everyone to make the best choices when it comes to protecting their health. Abstinence is the best way to avoid HIV, but if you decide to have sex, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others from HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at the end of 2014, 23% of all people living with HIV in the...

Amid Trump’s call to end HIV/AIDS, here’s what’s being done in Hampton Roads

The Trump administration is launching a campaign to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by the year 2030.  According to the CDC, more than 1 million people have HIV in the U.S., with about two-thirds of new infections occurring in gay or bisexual men. The president’s plan would focus on 48 U.S. counties where the most new infections occur, which are primarily in the South. Several Hampton Roads health districts are teaming up to try and stop the spread of HIV in the...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2019

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Observed each year on February 7th, NBHAAD serves as an opportunity to highlight the need for increased HIV education, testing, community involvement and treatment in Black/African-American communities. This year’s NBHAAD theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma”, highlights the messages of the Act Against AIDSLet’s Stop HIV Together campaign.  Let’s Stop HIV Together raises awareness that we all have a role to play in stopping HIV stigma.  HIV continues to impact the health...