Posts Tagged ‘hiv/aids’

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

world aids day san franciscoSince the first cases of “Gay Cancer” were reported in 1981, over 200,000 Californians have contracted HIV/AIDS and nearly 90,000 in the state have died during the following three decades.

As infection rates decrease with education and prevention, and with rapidly improving medicine and policies keeping people healthy longer, there are still up to 7,000 new HIV infections in California every year.

Today, on this World AIDS Day, we remember those who have been lost, acknowledge those heros who fought to bring attention to the plight of those suffering from this deadly disease and celebrate the advances that have been made in medicine, technology and social policy that have fundamentally reshaped what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. As we observe the 31st anniversary of HIV/AIDS, we ask you to share your stories of how the epidemic has impacted your life in the comments section below.

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National HIV Testing Day 2012

June 28, 2012 By Guest Contributor

by Arturo Valencia

national hiv testing dayThe National HIV Testing Day, organized annually by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) with support from CDC and AIDS.gov, is a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States.

The CDC estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Approximately one in five of those are unaware that they carry the virus that causes AIDS.

Evidence that effective early antiviral treatment is not only good for patients but also makes their infection less contagious underscores that finding persons with HIV infection is good, both for people living with HIV infection and for public health. HIV testing identifies persons living with HIV, counseling supports them to access medical care that can improve the quality and length of their lives and reduce risk for HIV transmission to others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dia Nacional de la prueba del VIH

June 28, 2012 By Guest Contributor

por Arturo Valencia

national hiv testing dayEl Dia Nacional de la prueba del VIH, organizada anualmente por la Asociación Nacional de Personas Viviendo con SIDA, con apoyo del Centro de Control de Enfermedades y Prevención CDC, y del grupo AIDS.gov, es un día para promover el Día Nacional de diagnosis e intervención temprana del VIH en los Estados Unidos. 

El CDC cree que cerca de 1.2 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos viven con el virus del VIH. Aproximadamente una de cada cinco personas no saben que tienen el virus que causa el SIDA.

 Hay evidencia que los tratamientos antivirales tempranos no solo son buenos para los pacientes, estos hacen menos contagiosos a los que viven con el virus. Sin embargo esto impide la urgencia de encontrar a las personas que han contraído el virus del SIDA y no lo saben. La prueba del VIH identifica a las personas que han contraído el virus y facilita el acceso a cuidados médicos que elevan la calidad de vida del paciente y reduce el riego de transmisión del virus a otras personas.

El CDC recomienda que todas las personas de los 13 a los 64 anos de edad tomen la prueba del VIH al menos una vez en sus vidas. Y claro las personas sexualmente activas deben hacerse la prueba una vez al ano. La prueba del VIH es un paso esencial para incluir a personas que viven con el virus en cuidado medico, mejorando su salud y apoyandolos a mantener conductas sexuales que no ponen a nadie en riesgo. El CDC también recomienda que las mujeres embarazadas tomen la prueba del VIH para evitar en caso de vivir con el VIH, la transmisión del virus a su recién nacido. 

Hace 30 anos, cuando el SIDA fue reconocido como enfermedad, las personas gay y bisexuales tenían que esperar 30 días para recibir sus resultados. Hoy en dia la prueba solo toma 20 minutos. Un consejero de VIH te guiara en este proceso que dura solo 20 minutos. No tendrás que responder preguntas acerca de tu actividad sexual, solo información demográfica básica para que CDC continué con sus estudios de investigación. 

Algunas personas creen que cuando visitan a su medico este hace todas las pruebas sanguíneas posibles, incluyendo el VIH. Esto no es verdad. El paciente tiene que solicitar verbalmente este examen. 

El Día Nacional de la prueba del VIH ofrece la mejor oportunidad para conocer tu estatus. Una variedad de eventos gratuitos que incluyen la prueba están disponibles en todo el país, Muchos centros comunitarios, unidades móviles, eventos locales. 

Toma control. Toma la prueba. Encuentra un sitio donde hacerte la prueba en:

www.hivtest.org o has un text de tu código postal a KNOW IT, es 5-6-6-9-4-8.

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What’s The Word?

April 24, 2012 By steggie

What do you think of when you think of HIV and AIDS? Do you see pictures from the 80s – pictures of men in hospitals, of newspaper headlines, of ACT UP marches? Most of us do. But contrary to popular belief, HIV rates are actually rising again in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In fact, men who have sex with men are the only group in the US in which infections have been rising so steadily since the 90s, according to the CDC. We can stop this, though, by stepping out of our complacency and breaking the stigma that’s been holding us back.

That’s why we’re proud to recognize and support our ally AltaMed as they host two great community events.

illusionzIllusionZ is a fun monthly event of performances, music, and dancing. This month’s Spring Fling Show will feature a drag show. They’ll be offering free rapid HIV testing all night. And it’s free. What’s not to love?

Thursday, April 26th, 8 to 9:30pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.

whats the wordWhat’s the Word in East Los is a community festival with LGBT vendors, an open mic, and live performances. Free HIV testing, free admission, and free giveaways.

Sunday, April 29th, 11am to 3pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.
 
 
 
We’re excited to support these efforts to promote education, testing, and safer sex lifestyles for underserved LGBT people, and to create environments where we can be ourselves and have fun without stigma. We hope you’ll join us.

The Future of LGBT-Health Activistm

December 1, 2011 By Daniel Gould

Red AIDS ribbon

In many ways, we are a virtual world away from the days when HIV/AIDS first gripped the LGBT community. When the HIV/AIDS crisis first hit, stigma and government complacency in the face of the epidemic served as a catalyst for activism in the fight, not just against HIV/AIDS, but also for LGBT equality in every facet of life. Since that time, our movement has made tremendous gains for LGBT equality—relationship recognition and marriage, the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, anti-discrimination laws and general acceptance of LGBT people.

And in the last 30 years, those on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS have educated the public, reduced stigma, made incredible medical advancements and increased access to lifesaving care for so many people.

But there is still work to do. And, once again, our health is at the heart of it. Why? Because LGBT people still face disproportionate barriers—economic, policy, cultural competency—to all kinds of healthcare. And because our health and well being is so fundamental. Without it, the rest doesn’t matter. The era of Act Up! may have passed, but the need for activism on LGBT health issues has not. We’ve entered the next phase of LGBT-health activism!

At Equality California, through the work of the LGBT Health and Human Services Network, we’re building on the legacy of HIV/AIDS activism to improve access to care that meets ALL of the diverse health care needs of LGBT people by creating and implementing policy that effectively improves access to quality health and human services for LGBT people. We’re also working to improve the cultural competency of state agencies that serve or interact with LGBT communities through state health or human services.

This year, we’re working to make sure that LGBT people aren’t left behind in the implementation of national healthcare reform and we just finished a survey of thousands of LGBT Californians about health issues that we’ll use to make recommendations to the state about how to reduce healthcare disparities for LGBT people through policy changes. You can learn more about the work of the Health and Human Services Network, here.

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