Rural America and HIV

AIDS, Caring Communities, HIV
"Rural residents are: - Less likely to get HIV tested - More likely to internalize HIV-related stigma - More likely to be tested in non-rural places - More likely to be diagnosed with AIDS at the time of initial HIV diagnosis - Less likely to be retained in care - Less likely to be virally suppressed" Read this article from the Health Resources & Service Administration to find out why and help end these disparities. Facts based on these studies: CDC, Rural Health Committee; 2016 and S. Kalichman, H. Katner, E. Banas, & M. Kalichman; 2016
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Individual Responsibility in Ending HIV Stigma

AIDS, HIV
The excerpt below is from this article from The Root by Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United. His words highlight the importance of intentional language and actions in ending the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. We must all consciously work to battle stigma in our own minds, lives, and communities. "Today...be aware of what you have not said. Be aware of what you have not done. The burden of disclosing our status is heavy. Each time someone hears that we have HIV, the response is never the same. But it is so much easier to try if we know and believe that you are safe for us. Be a safe place to hear about our journey and its costs. Be a safe space to encourage us to get tested, to stay…
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The Impact of Magic Johnson and What has Happened Since He Announced His Status

AIDS, HIV, STDs
We continue to celebrate Black History Month! The first article on this page discusses the impact Magic Johnson's announcement that he had HIV had on one of the editors, who recalls it as a pivotal moment in her life. Here is an excerpt from the article by Deputy Editor of The Root, Genetta M. Adams: "Twenty-five years later, not only is Johnson still here, but he is thriving. A new generation knows the basketball legendary primarily as a savvy businessman whose name is on movie theaters in their neighborhoods, or they know him through his son E.J., who’s become a bit of a fashion icon. But in that time, African Americans have become the racial group most affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In…
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Six Disparities Highlighting the Necessity of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

HIV, STDs
February is Black History Month. February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This article from The Body highlights six disparities that make this day necessary. We must educate ourselves and others in an effort to end them! From the article: "Here are six things you need to know about the epidemic's impact on African-Americans: Black Americans account for nearly half of all new HIV infections each year, despite representing only 13 percent of the U.S. population. Black Americans are at higher risk of HIV exposure, not because they engage in more risk-associated behaviors, but because the prevalence of HIV is so much greater among black communities than among any other racial/ethnic group. While prevention efforts have helped reduce the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among African-Americans over the last…
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