National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.[1] By the end of 2016, the CDC estimated that 476,100 African Americans had HIV, and 1 in 7 were not aware of their status. For every 100 African Americans with HIV, 61 had received some HIV care and 48 were virally suppressed. In 2018, the CDC reported that Black and African American people accounted for 13% of the U.S. population, but 42% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States.[2] The theme for 2020 is “We’re in This Together,” which highlights the importance of social support when addressing HIV in the black community.[3] This support may come from friends, family, colleagues, and partners, and…
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A Step Towards a Future Without HIV

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From HIV.gov: Almost 40 years ago, cases of pneumonia among previously healthy individuals in Los Angeles, California, marked the first official reporting of what would be later be known as the AIDS epidemic. Soon after, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified as being responsible for causing AIDS. This epidemic has affected more than 75 million people around the world. In the United States, approximately 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 are unaware of their status.Decades of collaborative, coordinated support and dedication by a resilient global community of people living with and impacted by HIV, advocates, healthcare professionals and researchers have advanced HIV prevention and treatment options. The development of prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with anti-HIV drugs has successfully reduced the risk…
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Employee of the Month for December 2019: Katie Blue

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Our final Employee of the Month for 2019 is Katie Blue! Katie began working with Caring Communities at the beginning for November 2019 as our Case Management Administrative Assistant. Previous to joining Caring Communities, Katie worked in digital retail, managing her previous employer’s Amazon Marketplace account for six years. Katie says her position with Caring Communities brings her happiness and fulfillment. Her coworkers see it too. Those who voted for Katie noted her helpfulness throughout the office, and her personable demeanor when assisting Case Management. Katie cherishes her part, however big or small, in helping others through tough times. In her free time, Katie enjoys a variety of pastimes including adventures and quality time with her fiancé and family, attending festivals, and cooking. Congratulations again to Katie!
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The Link Between Abusive Relationships and PTSD

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Can Abusive Relationships Result in PTSD? Yes, the research has shown, that abusive relationships can result in a trauma response. Many of us have heard of the term, PTSD, or post -traumatic stress disorder. This disorder is generally associated with physical sources, such as exposure to war, physical and sexual assault, witnessing an accident, etc. But mental health experts agree that there is also another type of trauma, related to experiencing a severe, repetitive traumatic event during childhood or being in an abusive relationship (even currently), which results in emotional abuse. This type of emotional abuse can lead to a type of PTSD, known as C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Below are a few examples of C-PTSD emotional abuse: Your partner humiliates or belittles you. You experience a pattern…
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Nine Benefits to Joining an HIV Support Group

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Have you thought about joining an HIV support group or were you a member of one in the past? Consider the benefits of joining: It helps individuals feel they are not aloneIf family or friends are not empathetic to your situation, a support group provides a safe and confidential place for discussionSupport group is a great source of education and resourcesIt provides social interactionJoining a group may help you learn coping strategies as you listen to other participantsYou can choose an area to work on and receive beneficial feedback from membersThere is continued availabilitySupport groups are often free to attend or accept a nominal fee such as $5.00 to cover refreshments Support groups can help with decision making in regard to treatment options Usually, there are two types of group…
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