Local Non-Profit Adopts 12 Families Dealing with AIDS

(SACRAMENTO) – The local non-profit organization,”The Gardens” has adopted 12 families for the Christmas holidays. Within these families, there is at least one person, affected or infected by the AIDS virus. Executive Director Ronald King is asking for help from the community, and shares that there are 18 children within this group. “One family, we […]

New HIV infections in gay Black men may be leveling off

NEW YORK (AP) — New HIV infections in gay Black men may finally be leveling off, health officials reported Sunday. Overall, new cases of HIV have been falling in the United States, while the number has been growing in gay and bisexual Black men. The AIDS virus is far more common in that group. But […]

Straight Black Men Sidelined in AIDS Fight

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Heterosexual Black men were largely invisible at the 2015 United States Conference on AIDS last week, a long-term absence that will continue to impact the future of the AIDS epidemic in the Black community. One in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 102 […]

AIDS number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa

NAIROBI (AP) – AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to […]

PHIL WILSON: Reducing the Risk of HIV by 90 Percent

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]