Weekly HIV News Updates 06-18-2013

Every week we have a “newsletter” which gets emailed to CARES staff and board members.  Its purpose is to highlight recent HIV-related news from the United States as well as other countries.  A short informational teaser lets everyone know what each news item is about and a link is included at the end for those who have an interest in reading the story in its entirety.  We pull information from various news, government and health-related websites, as well as personal blogs.  From time to time we include links to webinars that might be useful in the work that we do.

Here is this week’s update:

(RED) and Achieving An AIDS-Free Generation

With today’s advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission is real and the world is seeing the possibility of achieving an AIDS-Free Generation.  900 babies are born with HIV every day.

(RED) and the Global Fund envision a world in which no baby is born with HIV, and every mother has the opportunity to help her child thrive. To achieve this, ending mother-to-child transmission has the focus of (RED)’s commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

With today’s advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission is real and the world is seeing the possibility of achieving an AIDS-Free Generation. 900 babies are born with HIV every day.
(RED) and the Global Fund envision a world in which no baby is born with HIV, and every mother has the opportunity to help her child thrive. To achieve this, ending mother-to-child transmission has the focus of (RED)’s commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Read the blog by Deborah Dugan, CEO of (Red) at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-dugan/post_4917_b_3404923.html

 

New Campaign Promotes HIV Testing Among Latino Gay-Bisexual Men

“Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States and also one of the groups most heavily affected by HIV. Latinos account for 16 percent of the population, but 21 percent of all new HIV infections. Latino gay and bisexual men account for nearly almost 1 in 4 new infections among gay and bisexual men of all races.

Yet, too many Latino gay and bisexual men with HIV do not know they are infected. A recent study among gay and bisexual men in 21 American cities found that more than a third (37 percent) of Latinos living with HIV were unaware of their infection. The need for greater testing is particularly urgent among young men. CDC data show that 70 percent of HIV positive Latino gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 24 do not know their status.”

To learn more visit AIDS.gov at: http://blog.aids.gov/2013/06/cdc-launches-new-campaign-reasonsrazones-encouraging-hiv-testing-among-latino-gay-bisexual-men.html

 

The Role of Social Workers in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

“Social workers have always been critical to our nation’s response to HIV. In working to connect newly diagnosed people to HIV care and to help people to stay in care, social workers are now helping to make the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) real. Social workers, like others, also have a role in educating individuals about emerging opportunities, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Just before the 32nd anniversary of the first report of cases of AIDS in the United States, over 500 social workers met in Chicago to attend the 25th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS , which was convened by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. The theme was “Re-thinking HIV/AIDS: What’s Ahead for Social Work?”

Read the blog by Sanford E. Gaylord, Regional Resource Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Network Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region V – Chicago – at:  http://blog.aids.gov/2013/06/social-work-and-hivaids.html

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