Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
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).
Upcoming AIDS Watch Arouses Questions About Its Purpose
February 14, 2011
The annual AIDS Watch advocacy convocation will begin on Wednesday in Northwest DC. The three-day event is designed to get members of the AIDS community (those who are infected and affected) involved in advocacy through advocate training and visits with members of Congress. AIDS Watch is sponsored by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA). This year AIDS Watch has come under attack by the AIDS Policy Project for not demanding a cure during AIDS Watch. NAPWA says not so fast as they post the Legislative 'Asks' on their website as a part of their training for people involved in Hill visits.
Prevention Works! to Close at the End of This Month
February 8, 2011
Prevention Works! no more in DC. Photo: fighthivindc.org
South Africa Meets Southwest DC: Local Church Hosts Youth AIDS Social
February 7, 2011
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest DC was the scene of a international youth social on Saturday. The Bokamoso Youth Foundation from Winterveldt, South Africa spent time talking, dancing, and sharing their country's struggle with HIV through performance poetry with DC youth from the Children's Hospital TASA (Teens Against the Spread of AIDS) program.
Dr. Hader Has Her Say: Part Two -- An Exclusive Interview
February 1, 2011
The Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration has been in existence (under several other names) since the mid 1980's. HAHSTA's reputation has been embrued by scandal, mismanagement, political battles, financial turmoil and high leadership turnover rates. Dr. Shannon Hader was the twelfth person to hold the senior administrator position. In spite of the negative press and disappointments that arose during her watch (such as the report that showed that DC's HIV infection rate was and still is 3%), she put on a brave face and met the challenge. Part two of the interview reveals what her last day at HAHSTA was like and the advice she offers her successor.
Dr. Hader Has Her Say: Part One -- An Exclusive Interview
February 1, 2011
As I stated once before, if Dr. Shannon Hader ever wanted to tell her side of the story I would be listening. Well the time has come. Her unceremonious exit from HAHSTA last June, left many of us in the community bewildered. Today, she graciously emerged in an exclusive interview to give just a little more insight on her perspective. In part one, we see what her high and low points were while serving as the top administrator and what she would do if Mayor Gray offered her old position back to her.
Report Shows D.C. LGBTQ Youth in Need of Urgent Support
January 26, 2011
A report released this week by Southeast based SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) shows that the needs of DC area LGBTQ youth are not being met. The report shows disparities in how youth are being treated at home, in school, and the amount of information about sex geared towards their lifestyle. Ignoring the needs of this population puts them more at risk for bullying, homelessness, suicide and HIV than their heterosexual counterparts. The report is based on survey results from several studies including Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Center for American Progress and the United States Census.
NMAC Welcomes a New Deputy Executive Director
January 19, 2011
The National Minority AIDS Council announced yesterday that Daniel Montoya will be its new deputy executive director. NMAC is a Northwest-based AIDS service organization that provides information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, community groups and others who help people with HIV. Mr. Montoya has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is a candidate for a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor to the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, Division of AIDS, Government Affairs Director at AIDS Project Los Angeles and Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS. He has been in public health for 22 years and has been HIV positive for 23 years.
Stroke Numbers Rise Among People With HIV
January 18, 2011
Research suggests that people with HIV are up to three times more likely to have a stroke than those who are not infected. The study will be published tomorrow in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California conducted the research. He stated that, "Our findings showed that stroke hospitalizations in the United States decreased by seven percent in the general population within the last decade while stroke hospitalizations for people with HIV rose 67 percent."
Repealing the Affordable Health Care Act Means Woes for People With HIV
January 18, 2011
Today the House Leadership of the 112th Congress will consider repealing the Affordable Health Care Act that passed last year. President Obama, key democrats, and health care advocates worked hard to get that act passed. Local AIDS service organizations had their issues with selected parts of the bill in the past but it was a good place to begin. Now the Republican dominated House wants to repeal the act. According to the News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 60 million or 1 in 5 Americans have no health insurance. The Act, as it stands now, will provide coverage to an 32 million uninsured Americans and strengthen the Medicare program. For people with HIV/AIDS, it will mean much more.
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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