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Candace Y.A. Montague

D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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."

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Mayor Gray Announces the First D.C. Commission on AIDS
February 24, 2011

On Wednesday of this week, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that his administration will initiate a commission on AIDS in DC. The commission will be charged with the task of ending the epidemic by focusing on treatment, prevention and taking care of the needs of people living with the disease. Mayor Gray, who was the director of the DC Department of Human Services when the first agency on HIV/AIDS was created, will serve as chair of the commission. The newly appointed director of the Department of Health, Dr. Mohammad Akhter, will serve as vice chair and the new director of HAHSTA, Dr. Gregory Pappas, will serve as Executive Secretary. They will be joined later by 27 appointees from the faith, medical, and business communities.

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Republicans Cut Costs But Health Care Pays the Price
February 15, 2011

Debate begins today about a proposed $78 billion resolution (known as H.R.1) to cut funding to programs that provide services in many health care areas including AIDS programs. The proposal, presented by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), presents 70 cuts as a part of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that is used to keep the government going until the end of the fiscal year (March 4th).

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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 Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.

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