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Candace Y.A. Montague

D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner


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.

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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.

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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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