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Black Voices: I Choose to Speak Out

ken williams

Like many black MSM who test positive for HIV, my diagnosis was confirmed in a clinic full of strangers. My blood was drawn by an individual who suspiciously said very little to me during the screening process and the test was taken in a room so dingy and tight I suspected HIV was propagated by…

President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper, His New Initiative to Help Young Men of Color

David Hudson

This afternoon, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama delivered remarks at the launch event for My Brother’s Keeper — his new initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential. The initiative will bring together private philanthropies, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders, and nonprofit organizations…

NMA Experts Release Recommendations to Address Hepatitis C Among African Americans

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With an estimated 3.2 million Americans chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and an estimated 75% of them unaware of their infection, the sheer magnitude of the number of persons infected calls the nation to action. Moreover, chronic HCV infection is the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and primary liver cancer, and…

HBCU Students Using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for NBHAAD

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Student organizations have worked throughout the years to promote community awareness and activism of social issues. In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and Black History Month, our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), fraternities, and sororities are using new media to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.  Greek Organizations and NBHAAD The Twenty Pearls Foundation…

Fighting Hepatitis C Among African Americans

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February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate the achievements of African Americans in the United States. It also presents an opportunity to discuss serious health concerns that affect the African American community, including viral hepatitis and especially Hepatitis C. The most common type of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis C, with an estimated 3.2…

A Personal Perspective from Dr. Timothy Harrison

Tim Harrison Reflection

Many of our colleagues in the HIV/AIDS field have both personal and professional commitments to their work formed by diverse life experiences that continue to inspire them. As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are pleased to share another personal reflection from one such colleague: my longtime officemate Dr. Timothy Harrison. Tim is…

Sharpening Our Focus on Black MSM Vital to Meeting National Goals

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As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2014, we are reminded that African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Among African Americans, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (Black MSM) are especially hard hit, representing more than half of all estimated new HIV infections…

Progress on the HIV Continuum of Care Among Blacks

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Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study, “Progress Along the Continuum of HIV Care Among Blacks with Diagnosed HIV— United States, 2010,” in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study looked at outcomes for adult and adolescent blacks, both male and female, who have HIV for the…