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Candace Y.A. Montague

D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner

Schwarzenegger's Affair Could Have Done More Than Produce a Child
May 17, 2011

Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he had an affair which resulted in a child from a former staffer. The child was born 10 years ago and Schwarzenegger did not tell his wife, Maria Shriver, until earlier this year. The news came on the heels of their announcement to split up after 25 years of marriage. The regretful "Terminator" said that he "takes full responsibility for the hurt he has caused." While no one is perfect, causing harm and conceiving a child are really mild consequences in the scope of sexual health. Mr. Schwarzenegger could have, indeed, brought on even more harm from having unprotected sex.

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Latest Research Results Show Hope After 30 Years of AIDS
May 15, 2011

Since the International AIDS Conference of 2010, we have seen a few progressive breakthroughs that will potentially prevent new infections from occuring. We have seen the microbicidal vaginal gel, which contains Tenofovir, prevent women from contracting the virus. Then came the announcement of positive results from a study of the Truvada pill with men who have sex with men. In December, news broke out about the 'Berlin Patient' Timothy Brown who underwent a risky stem cell transplant and was 'cured' of AIDS. (That patient is still alive to this day and discussed the success of his treatment with POZ magazine. Click here to see a video interview with Brown.) Now we are witnessing another medical advancement in the area of prevention.

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D.C. Council Member Under Fire for Sacrificing AIDS Funds
May 12, 2011

Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) wants the health department to spend more money in her ward on health issues. She insists that the department must do more to attend to the health issues that plague her neighborhoods such as obesity, diabetes, teen pregnancy, and hypertension. The trouble is she wants the focus to be taken off of the HIV/AIDS, where it is needed the most. Activist groups, non-profit organizations and citizens are disturbed by this and want answers.

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Demand the Test Ladies -- Ignorance Is Not Bliss
May 10, 2011

It's National Women's Health Week. Now more than ever women's health has taken center stage especially since selected members of Congress used Planned Parenthood to hold out on budget negotiations. Even in 2011, women are still regarded as expendable and our lives are not valued. Well, if men won't make us a priority, then we have to do it ourselves. One way to hold ourselves in high regard is to ask to be tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV if one is participating in risky sexual behavior.

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Hateful Words From D.C. Writer Keep Stigma and Ignorance Going
May 3, 2011

Last week, Washington Examiner columnist Gregory Kane, wrote an op-ed about the savage beating of a transgender woman named Chrissy Polis in a Baltimore McDonald's. The article stated that the victim "has been repeatedly referred to in news stories as a "woman." Not because he was born a woman, and not because he has two x chromosomes that women have, but merely because he thinks he is." Kane also stated "Because Polis is transgendered, he's entitled to extra protection, according to the "hate crimes" police. Had Polis, who's white, been just an actual white woman taking a beat-down because of the color of her skin, not her sexuality, we wouldn't have heard word one from anybody about filing "hate crimes" charges against Polis' assailants." Using incorrect pronouns and down-playing the crime as just a simple assault is part of what keeps stigma alive and well in our community.

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C. Virginia Fields Discusses the Future of NBLCA
May 2, 2011

C. Virginia Fields, CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, is standing tall these days. She can stand tall because her organization is making waves in the fight against AIDS. In an exclusive interview, Ms. Fields explains how NBLCA is dealing with Southern churches, what happened at the conclave held here in DC in April, and what is coming soon from the oldest and largest non-profit of its kind.

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D.C. Mayor's Proposed Budget Leaves Very Little for People With HIV
April 21, 2011

On Monday, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute published its report on Mayor Gray's proposed budget for FY 2012. The budget shows that many of the cuts that were made a few years ago will stay in place and deepen in some areas where people with HIV are most dependent. According to Defeat Poverty D.C., one out of every three (33%) of the District's residents lives in poverty. These residents are highly concentrated in Wards 7 & 8. Moreover, these are also the Wards where the highest number of HIV infections rates are as well as the highest percentage of unemployment. Mayor Gray has not only asked to make cuts to programs designed to help impoverished citizens but his proposal also suggests cutting housing assistance for these residents as well.

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April Is STD Awareness Month: Time to Take the Test
April 19, 2011

April has been designated as sexually transmitted diseases awareness month. According to the CDC, over 19 million new STD cases are found ever year (no that's not a misprint). This month is about more than just knowing how many sexually transmitted diseases there are in the world (there are over 25 by the way). It is also about knowing which ones are deadly, how many are treatable, and how you can find out if you have one.

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Whitman-Walker Clinic Wins Clinic of the Year Award
April 12, 2011

The Whitman-Walker Clinic, located in Northwest, has been recognized as "Clinic of the Year" by Capital City Area Health Education Center. The clinic received the award for its work in educating future health care providers about HIV/AIDS and helping them become certified HIV testers. WWC has been a longtime supporter of Capital City Area Health. Executive Director Don Blanchon said in a statement issued yesterday that Whitman-Walker is honored to be recognized by CCAHEC. "Our work with them helps to better educate health care workers about community health and especially issues of HIV/AIDS and LGBT care."

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D.C. Gospel Singer Teams Up With NBLCA to Promote AIDS Awareness
April 11, 2011

Local rising gospel star Tre Thomas announced last week that he would be working with the D.C. chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) to promote AIDS awareness. The announcement comes after a recent AIDS conclave involving local church leaders and city leaders. Thomas will be working with the D.C. affiliate of NBLCA on reaching younger generations to inform them about AIDS.

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Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC and emPower News Magazine.

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