Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
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.
Elizabeth Taylor, Actress and AIDS Activist, Dies at 79
March 23, 2011
Hollywood fans mourn the loss of Elizabeth Taylor today. The actress was best known for her movie roles such as "Cleopatra" and for her multiple marriages. She was also known as a humanitarian which some might consider her most important role of all. The legendary star was well-known as a longtime AIDS activist who raised more than $50 million to fight HIV/AIDS through her foundation.
AIDS Conference Host Committee Illustrates "One City" With Two Faces
March 17, 2011
On Wednesday, Mayor Gray announced the Host Committee for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, which is scheduled to be held in D.C. This is the second announcement in the past 30 days of an assembly of people brought together to tackle AIDS in D.C. The AIDS Commission commenced last week with its first meeting and swearing in ceremony. The newly minted Host Committee has some prominent figures as members such as former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, former HAHSTA Chief Dr. Shanon Hader, NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata, and Destination D.C. President and CEO Elliot Ferguson. But for one local activist organization, the announcement has incited outrage. D.C. Fights Back says they are disappointed by this announcement because the appointees do not appear to be people who are openly living with HIV. They are demanding answers from Mayor Gray.
United Medical Opens Infectious Disease Center in D.C.'s Ward 8
March 13, 2011
United Medical Center, formerly Greater Southeast Hospital, opened a new infectious disease center last month. The center is a welcomed addition to Ward 8 where new HIV infection rates in 2006 alone topped more than 1,000 people. After months of planning and advocating, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University, saw this brainstorm manifest into reality. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a recent appointee to the Mayor's commission on AIDS which convened last week.
AIDS Olympics? Really? An Interview With Its Creator
March 13, 2011
The AIDS Olympics will premiere in D.C. on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th. No, that's not a joke. It's an actual two day event created by Devin T. Robinson X a poet/actor/activist from Atlanta, Georgia. Robinson X is the author of How Good Is Sex?, a workbook about relationships, and the star of several one man shows. The Olympics will feature track and fields events and live poetry. Robinson X answered a few questions about the AIDS Olympics, how he came to choose D.C. as his setting and why an AIDS Quilt must be burned for the event.
D.C. AIDS Commission Commences While the Government Gets Its "Report Card"
March 8, 2011
Mayor Vince Gray leads inaugural meeting of DC's Commission on AIDS. Photo: Courtesy of Larry Bryant.
Motivational Speaker Promotes Abstinence Only; Shuns Homosexuality
March 6, 2011
Author and motivational speaker Tara White is visiting D.C. this week to promote her new book Don't Curse Your Wedding Bed Before You Say I Do. She is also the guest speaker at a forum tonight for teens at a local church to kick off their Abstinence Only Week. Ms. White, a North Carolina based author, had a book signing at the John 3:16 Christian Bookstore in Lanham, Maryland on Saturday. In an interview, Ms. White explained her thoughts on teen sex, abstinence only education, and homosexuality.
If You Lived Here: HIV and Housing -- Homes for Hope, Part Two
March 1, 2011
Dr. Jenkins explains what her plans are for the fifth building. Photo: DC HIV/AIDS Examiner
If You Lived Here: HIV and Housing -- Homes for Hope, Part One
February 28, 2011
In this third entry to the series, we learn about Dr. Veronica Jenkins a medical professional who wanted to provide housing for her HIV positive patients. She hoped that housing would save lives. She did not count on financial obstacles and government red tape getting in the way.
The 2012 International AIDS Conference Is Coming to D.C.
February 27, 2011
On Friday morning, Mayor Vincent Gray along with the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference will be held here in Washington, D.C. The dates for the conference are July 22nd to the 27th. The conference will bring more than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries. It is the first one held in the United States since 1990. Mayor Gray stated, "I am excited to host this conference here in D.C. It's a chance to share best practices, exchange expertise and it's a chance for people to get to know our city."
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
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 Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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