Weekly HIV News Updates 06-25-2013

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:

National HIV Testing Day Is Wednesday, June 26th

CARES will be offering free, confidential HIV testing in Kalamazoo at Ministry with Community, 440 N. Church St. (269) 343-6073 on Friday, July 12th from 1-4 p.m.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign that encourages people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

In the U.S., nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and nearly one in five don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

Learn more at:  http://www.aids.gov


Transitioning HIV+ Teens Into Adult Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that clinics follow four steps to help HIV-positive teens successfully maintain healthcare: create a formal, written transition care plan; begin communications about HIV status and transition when the patient is approximately age 12; make the transition when the patient is between 18–25 years; and document and evaluate the             transition when it is completed.

Learn more at:  http://www.aegis.org/DisplayContent/?sectionID=379362



National Testing Day Congressional Call-In

As part of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, AIDS United is encouraging everyone to tell their Senators to support critical programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in Fiscal Year 2014!

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee plan to vote on the federal spending bill that supports Fiscal Year 2014’s domestic HIV/AIDS programs in early July.

Please help to prevent further cuts by calling your Senator and urging them to prevent further harmful cuts to these programs and to fully fund HIV prevention, care, treatment and research programs!

To contact your Senators, dial the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  To find out who your Senator is go to  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

For more information and suggestions on what to say when you call your Senator, go to: http://blog.rwhp.org/thursday-june-27-national-hiv-testing-day-congressional-call-in-to-support-domestic-hivaids-programs/


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