Caring Communities at the Red Carpet

Caring Communities
Click post link to view image! Caring Communities attended the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce's Red Carpet Breakfast featuring PA State Senator John Yudichak. He provided insightful information on the state budget and the upcoming changes to the Department of Human Services.
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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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