Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
Hold the Celebrations: Antiretroviral Drugs Not Promised to Prevent HIV
November 28, 2010
The news broke last week about the drug called Truvada, a blue pill that is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs, having shown to be effective in preventing the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men. It was presented in the New England Journal of Medicine and announced by the National Institutes of Health. The study found that if the pill is taken consistently (meaning 90% of the time) it can be up to 73% effective in the reduction in new HIV infections. This is the first medical breakthrough since the announcement of the vaginal gel Tenofovir at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna this summer. The Washington Post quoted Mitchell Warren, director of the AIDS advocacy group AVAC, as saying "This is a great day in the fight against AIDS. It's a result that requires immediate action." Before Mr. Warren runs amuck let's think about a couple of items.
Condoms Are Tolerable With the Pope but Fine With Local Clergy
November 23, 2010
Recently, HAHSTA hosted a One in the Spirit Symposium where local church leaders came together to discuss AIDS, stigma and sexuality in the church. Many of the leaders in attendance expressed sincere concern about the spread of the virus and stressed the importance of discussing it within the church. Condoms were also discussed as a means of preventing the virus. The key to getting more clergy members on board with condoms is first talking about sexuality (including homosexuality) among youth, adults, and even seniors in the church. Condom use is just one aspect of the discussion that needs to occur sooner rather than later.
Faith Leaders Become "One" Against HIV
November 15, 2010
Faith leaders around the city discuss AIDS. Photo: DC HIV/AIDS Examiner.
D.C. Women's Organization Pushes Safer Sex in the City
November 8, 2010
Move over fellas. MNF no longer stands for Monday Night Football. The Women's Collective have changed the game to Monday Night Females. Ok. That's corny. But last night's discussion on female condoms was definitely focused on women. The Women's Collective hosted a lively and interactive discussion about the FC2 female condom at the cozy Brookland Café in Northeast. The forum and demo is a part of an on-going effort to get female condoms off the shelves and into the bedrooms of DC.
President Obama Confronts AIDS Activists at Connecticut Rally
November 2, 2010
President Obama says enough to protestors. Photo: Getty Images.
The Rubber Revolution Begins in D.C.
October 27, 2010
Big Tigger, Rubber Revolution Ambassador and Acting Senior Deputy Director Nnemdi Kamanu Elias, M.D., M.P.H. Photo: DC HIV/AIDS Examiner
Local Non-Profit Fights for DASH Funding
October 24, 2010
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, in Northwest, is sounding the alarm about possible funding loss for The Division of Adolescent & School Health (DASH) at the CDC. DASH provides education to youth in schools concerning various health topics such as asthma, obesity, nutrition, tobacco use, safety, and HIV/STD prevention. It is the only funding stream for school-based HIV prevention. DASH is now in jeopardy of losing its funding because the Senate Appropriations Committee has inadvertently lumped DASH funding into a category focused on support for obesity-related chronic disease prevention. According to AIDS Alliance, the implication is that $40 million in CDC School Health funds used to help states and large urban school districts plan, carry out and evaluate youth HIV prevention programs will be mingled with other funding streams and quite possibly lost in the process. Not good news when fighting an epidemic that is impacting DC youth.
If You Lived Here: HIV and Housing -- The Basics
October 21, 2010
This is the second installment of the series on housing and HIV/AIDS. In this article, we will explore the basic explanation of the connection between housing, medication adherence, programs and why it should matter to you. There are so many layers and obstacles to the housing issue. This article does not cover them all but it's a start.
The Connection Between Domestic Violence and HIV
October 18, 2010
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used by someone to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. It happens between people who are, or have been, in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence often includes the threat or actual use of violence. It happens when one person believes they are entitled to control another. In 2009, 4,796 people were served at the two Domestic Violence Intake Center locations in DC. The way it can lead to HIV infection is commonly through sexual abuse.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Raises Concerns About Funding
October 15, 2010
Today is National Latino AIDS Awareness day. The AIDS epidemic is just as serious in the Latino community as it is in other communities in our country. Since the early 1980's, 85,000 Latino men and women have died from AIDS. According to the CDC, Hispanics represent approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population yet they comprise 17% of annual new infections, 22% of AIDS diagnoses in the latest year of reporting and account for an estimated 18 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. (These numbers are a correction from my earlier report. A representative from the CDC contacted me via email with the new figures.)
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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