World Hepatitis Day – July 28, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013, marks the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States and a leading cause of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. About 3 million adults in the United States are infected with Hepatitis C, most of whom are baby boomers. However, between 65-75% of those infected with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection, and lack of medical care can result in significant liver damage. Furthermore, between 800,000 and 1.4 million people are living with Hepatitis B in the United States. Like HIV, Hepatitis disproportionately impacts minority communities; African-Americans have significantly higher rates of Hepatitis C than other communities, while Asian and Pacific Islanders account for more than 50% of those living with Hepatitis B.
You can learn more about Hepatitis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.
Click here to read the Department of Health and Human Services’ World Hepatitis Day announcement, which calls for a renewal of the landmark Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2014-2016.
Save the Date: The North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit VII
The North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit VII is taking place September 25-27, 2013, in Montreal, Canada. As the premiere venue for informing HIV/AIDS housing policy, Summit VII will bring together researchers, policy experts, consumers and providers of HIV/AIDS housing to review findings from research and policy initiatives, discuss evidence-based housing practice and policy, and develop community-driven research and advocacy strategies.
The theme of Summit VII is Closing the Housing Gap in the HIV Treatment Cascade, to focus on the potential of housing strategies to improve HIV treatment effectiveness: the focus of HIV prevention and care strategies in most jurisdictions.
Click here to learn more and to register.
Positive Women’s Network – USA Seeking HIV-Positive Women for Survey
Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) is celebrating its fifth birthday! To mark the occasion, PWN-USA is seeking input from women living with HIV in the United States, including trans women, to help build a stronger future for women living with HIV/AIDS in the US. Click here to access the survey, and please share widely.
Pledge to Take Action on Global Female Condom Day, September 16, 2013!
September 16, 2013, marks the second annual Global Female Condom Day, and the National Female Condom Coalition and Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme are seeking your support! Click here and pledge to take action along with female condom advocates across the globe on September 16, 2013.
Email your Republican Members of Congress TODAY to Support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act!
Last month marked 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.
AVAC Accepting Applications for 2014 Advocacy Fellowships
AVAC, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, is accepting applications now until August 5, 2013, 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.