Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. 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.)
Greetings From the Nation's Capital: The D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner Has Arrived!
October 14, 2010
Hello out there! I am Candace Y. A. Montague. I am a writer from Washington, D.C., and I cover HIV/AIDS news for the D.C. Examiner.com. I was inspired to write about HIV after learning about how hard African-American women have been hit by the disease, in 2008. Being an African-American woman myself, I felt drawn to this fight from then on.
What Oprah Did Not Tell You About HIV and the "Down Low"
October 8, 2010
Oprah Winfrey is an inspirational American icon but someone in her fact checking department needs to step up their game. On yesterday's show, Oprah had a guest named Bridget B., an African-American woman who is HIV positive. She was by infected her husband who, apparently, concealed his gay sex life from her. Once she found out about his desire to sleep with men, she divorced him, sued him and won 12 million dollars. Oprah also had J.L. King, author of The Down Low, return to her show six years after he came onto her stage and 'dropped the bomb'. Both guests reiterated how not knowing about a man's secret gay sex life can cost a woman her life.
Is the Abstinence-Only Program Still Worth It?
October 5, 2010
Comprehensive sex education programs include information about abstinence, contraception, and condoms while educating students about alternative lifestyles (i.e. LGBTQ). The reasoning behind this program is to help students make informed decisions about sex if they decide to partake in it. Abstinence-only programs promote abstaining from sex until marriage. Any additional information about contraception and alternative lifestyles is typically not included.
Testing for HIV at the DMV
October 3, 2010
The debut of this program has sparked a mixed reaction. According to the Washington Post, David Catania and Yvette Alexander praised the idea and called it "awesome". David Catania explains, "This is exactly the kind of innovation we need in this city. This is a model for the country in how we bring testing to people on a routine basis." A. Toni Young, executive director of Community Education Group says it will reach residents who do not visit the doctor regularly and are intimidated by clinics. However, this idea may not be so new. Former mayoral candidate Leo Alexander says he is not impressed with this initiative because he introduced this idea a while ago. "The only thing new about this idea is that Fenty's people were listening to my platform back in August when I first talked about my plan to increase HIV testing opportunities in the District". Alexander spoke of getting tested at the DMV at a mayoral forum in August.
Congressional Black Caucus Meets Sisterspeak on AIDS
September 22, 2010
On the family panel was Bobby Henry, Sr., CEO of the Westside Gazette Newspaper (Florida) and his daughter 39-year-old Yolonda Reed. Yolonda was diagnosed as HIV positive an the age of 17 when she signed up to enter the Air Force. Bobby tearfully reminisced hearing the news for the first time. "When I first got the call that Yolonda was HIV positive I began to question. I was 16 when she was born and she was 17 when she told me her status. I wasn't there enough in the early years emotionally. Would she have contracted it if I was there more?" They insist that the HIV diagnosis actually brought them closer together and has prepared Yolonda to talk about it with her teenage sons. "Young people see people living with this disease. They think it's not a big deal. But I talk to my sons about this. I tell them 'you don't want to live like this'," states Yolonda.
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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