PHIL WILSON: Reducing the Risk of HIV by 90 Percent

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OPINION – This Friday, February 7h, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day. […]

Prescription for Ending AIDS in Black America

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WASHINGTON – A new study by the Black AIDS Institute says that the end of the AIDS epidemic is within reach, but to get there it will cost the federal government roughly $300 million, a tough sell at a time when a fractured Congress stumbles toward the next fiscal deal. The report, titled “The Light […]

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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WASHINGTON – Thursday, Feb. 7, will be observed as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. And according to activists, there is plenty that African-Americans need to observe. There are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than $510,000 African-Americans. “It has been 31 years since the Centers for Disease […]

Time to Implement ‘New’ HIV Testing Guidelines

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LOS ANGELES – This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, recommended routine testing for HIV of all people ages 15-64. The recommendation, recently posted online, comes six years after a panel at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued similar […]

Straight Black Men Ignored in AIDS Initiatives

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WASHINGTON – No one can creditably deny the burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community. Although Blacks represent only 12 percent or the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Black women accounted for 57 percent of all new HIV infections among women and 64 percent of all […]

CDC Launches ‘Let’s Stop HIV Together’ Campaign

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WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new national campaign Monday to remove the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and to end complacency about the epidemic. “In the fight against HIV, stigma and complacency are among our most insidious opponents,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for […]

New Drug May Be The First Ever To Prevent The Virus That Causes HIV

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WASHINGTON – Federal drug regulators on Tuesday affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and effective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis. The […]

Recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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SACRAMENTO – Today, February 7, 2012 marks the 12th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. Educationally, the focus is to get Blacks educated about […]