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The Truth about my Positive Experience

ken williams

There are a few things I want you to know about my positive experience. Whether you’ve worked in HIV for decades or are new to the epidemic, we all start somewhere. I’m a filmmaker and, ironically, my first introduction to the epidemic was through film. It was film where I started and film where I…

Black Voices: Independence from HIV

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Last month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy hosted the much-anticipated meeting on HIV in the Southern United States. Federal stakeholders, policy makers, national and regional advocates were in attendance to outline the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South and identify solutions for reducing the impact of HIV in this…

Black Voices: Helping to Put an End to HIV Stigma

Meico Whitlock

Editor’s Note: The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and The National Coalition of STD Directors launched this brief confidential survey  to learn about community attitudes and opinions related to health among Black and Latino gay men. Our Black Voices blogger, Meico Whitlock, encourages you to take the survey and explains its importance in addressing…

Webinar Highlights: Improving Health Outcomes for Black MSM Along the HIV Care Continuum

Timothy Harrison

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The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) recently hosted a webinar to foster continued dialogue among diverse stakeholders about challenges, opportunities, and emerging promising practices related to addressing the disparate HIV-related health outcomes experienced by black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The June 25 webinar highlighted…

HRSA Launches New Resource and TA Center Initiative to Improve HIV Services for Black MSM

Dr. Laura Cheever

To align with the goals of both the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the 2013 White House HIV Care Continuum Executive Order, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) launches today a HIV prevention and care resource and technical assistance center initiative for HIV care providers focused on strengthening engagement and retention in…

Black Voices: Can We Leverage Digital Technology to End the HIV Epidemic?

Meico Whitlock

Barack Obama’s campaign success in 2008 and 2012 was fueled, in part, by harnessing the power of digital technology and social networks. His team weaved rich social data culled from websites such as Twitter and Facebook to build profiles of supporters and “persuadables.” He leveraged predictive analytics to predict the behavior of potential voters. He…

Webinar Invitation—Moving Black MSM along the HIV Care Continuum: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Practices

Ronald Valdiserri

On June 25, 2014, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a public webinar to highlight innovative approaches and strategies being implemented by state health departments, clinical providers, researchers, and federal partners in providing HIV care and treatment to black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)….

Pride in our Progress

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Since Pride Month 2013, much has happened that we can be proud of. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the entire nation have made enormous progress regarding the health and welfare of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. These changes include the expansion…