What’s in YOUR HIV Prevention Toolbox?
Attention U.S.-based organizations (including those in the territories) serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning people! Did you know that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States?
What can you do to help? You can help spread the word about HIV prevention to the young gay and bisexual men that your organizations serve — and have fun doing it! Participate inAIDS United’s Facebook video contest, “What’s in YOUR HIV Prevention Toolbox?” You could win up to $4,000!
Work with your U.S.-based LGBTQ organization’s staff and/or volunteers to produce a one-minute video that promotes HIV prevention tools and fits the theme, “What’s in your HIV Prevention Toolbox?” Entry submissions will be accepted via AIDS United’s Facebook page June 1 – 30, 2013. The videos from the three organizations with the greatest number of votes at 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2013, will receive up to $4,000 as an incentive to begin addressing HIV in their regular work.
The “What’s in Your HIV Prevention Toolbox?” video contest is part of our m2MPower initiative, which seeks to halt the rising rates of HIV among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. The official contest rules and regulations are below, and if you have questions you can email HIVtoolbox@aidsunited.org.
What are you waiting for? Start producing your video now! Click here to learn more.
Email your Republican Members of Congress TODAY to Support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act!
Earlier this month was the 32nd anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that first identified AIDS. Five patients in Los Angeles were treated for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and were the first to be identified in the MMWR with symptoms of what would later be known as AIDS. Thirty-two years later, we finally have the tools, scientific knowledge, and expertise to see the end of HIV.
Despite our wealth of knowledge now, 32 states and 2 U.S. territories still have criminal statutes based on perceived exposure to HIV. H.R. 1843, the REPEAL (‘‘Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal”) HIV Discrimination Act, is bipartisan legislation that addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV. This bill would modernize current criminal law approaches that target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.
The time to sign is NOW. CLICK HERE to email your Republican Member of Congress and encourage her or him to sign on as a cosponsor to the bipartisan REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act! It is crucial to have significant Republican support for this bill before reaching out to Democratic Members. Without strong initial Republican backing, we will be unable to achieve full bipartisan support for this critical issue.
Support Health Access for Immigrants!
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is gathering signatures of community health center members, patients and supporters to speak out in support of immigration reform and health access for immigrants. The deadline to sign the petition has been extended to Monday, June 24, in order to coordinate the delivery of the petitions to leaders in Congress as part of a National Day of Action on June 25 to support health access in immigration reform.
Click here to sign the petition . The time is NOW to tell our federal legislators that we want immigration reform that includes access to health care for all!
Save the Date: Strategizing on the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act
Join the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance for a webinar on Tuesday, June 25 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET to strategize how you and your community can advocate for the federal REPEAL (Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal) HIV Discrimination Act this summer. REPEAL is a key step towards ending unfair and unjust HIV criminalization laws in the United States. Webinar panelists include AIDS United’s Political Director William McColl; Jirair Ratevosian, Legislative Director for Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA); and Robert Suttle, Assistant Director at The Sero Project. Click here to register for the webinar today!
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day
Thursday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day! Nearly 20% of people living with HIV don’t know their status. Universal knowledge of HIV status is key to reducing new infections and achieving an AIDS-free generation. Check out the Greater than AIDS “I Got Tested” campaign for National HIV Testing Day!
Human Rights Campaign to Host a National Townhall Conference Call Following Supreme Court Decisions
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by the end of their term next week. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin and Legal Director Brian Moulton will host a national townhall conference call the day after the Supreme Court decision at 8 p.m. ET to talk about the next chapter of this movement. For more details, and to register, please click here.
FDA Searching for Consumer Representatives on its Advisory Committees
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that any consumer organizations interested in participating in the selection of voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on its advisory committees or panels notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on advisory committees and/or panels for which vacancies currently exist or are expected to occur in the near future. For more information, click here .
Data and Communications Webinar Series: Steps to Making Your Data Matter
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is hosting a three-part webinar series as a guide in using data to tell your story in a powerful way. Learn how to access the U.S. Census Bureau through American FactFinder database, how to present data in a visually effective way, and how to share your data using different forms of communications. The webinar series will include a step-by-step process using relevant data in your communities on the Affordable Care Act.
If you would like to participate in all 3 of these webinars, make sure you register for each webinar by clicking on the registration links below.
Title: How to Find Your Data: Navigating American FactFinder
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 12-1 pm Pacific time
Description: The intent of this webinar is to demonstrate the vast amount of data from the U.S. Census Bureau through American FactFinder.
Space is limited.
Reserve your July 2nd Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/207656218
Title: How to Make Your Data Look Pretty: Creating Tables, Graphs, and Infographics
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12-1:30 pm Pacific time
Description: The intent of this webinar is to learn how to communicate data clearly and effectively through tables, graphs, and infographics.
Space is limited.
Reserve your July 9th Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/285903970
Title: How to Share Your Data: Using Social Media and Other Forms of Communication
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12-1 pm Pacific time
Description: The intent of this webinar is to guide communities in how they can use communications to tell their story using data.
Space is limited.
Reserve your July 23rd Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/677405786
AVAC Accepting Applications for 2014 Advocacy Fellowships
AVAC, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, is now accepting applications for their 2014 HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowships. The goal of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellowship is to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to monitor, support and help shape biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation of proven interventions worldwide. The Advocacy Fellowship is guided by AVAC’s conviction that effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships.
The Advocacy Fellowship provides support to emerging and mid-career advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. These projects are designed to addresses locally identified gaps and priorities. Fellows receive training, full-time financial support and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations working in HIV/AIDS and/or advocacy.