Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

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From AIDSInfo: "Thanks to treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), people with HIV are living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care that older Americans face. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis." There are many misconceptions about who is most affected…
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TODAY is the last day to donate to Caring Communities through Raise the Region 2018! Click here to support us!

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Click here to make a donation to Caring Communities through Raise the Region! What is Raise the Region®? “Raise the Region® is a unique, online giving event that provides an opportunity for people who care about their community to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 30-hours - starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and ending at midnight on Thursday, March 15, 2018. All gifts will be processed through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have committed $150,000 to be applied to each donation as stretching funds to help leverage credit card donations received via www.raisetheregion.org during this event.  Monetary prizes will also be awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the event.”
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Today is World AIDS Day, and December is AIDS Awareness Month!

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Please click the post link to view the images, full post, and how to get involved! Today is World AIDS Day and December is AIDS Awareness Month! Caring Communities is having a month-long fundraiser to help our organization combat HIV/AIDS in our 12-county service area. Anyone who donates will have their name added to a red ribbon on our wall or the walls of participating locations. You can donate in cash at participating locations in amounts of $1, $3, $5 or more! Due to processing fees, our online fundraiser is $5 or more to receive your name on a ribbon. Donate online by clicking here!
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Individual Responsibility in Ending HIV Stigma

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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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