Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
We Can End AIDS -- A Look Back in Photos
July 24, 2012
They were beyond ready from the time they stepped onto the corners of the streets of downtown D.C. They were Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Gay, Straight, Transgender, Young, Seasoned, HIV Positive, HIV Negative, Broken and Healed. Armed with not much more than some signs, bells, whistles and brave hearts, the We Can End AIDS mobilization made it's mark on the 19th International AIDS Conference. Their demands were concise.
AIDS 2012 Update: President Obama's Absence Is Not a Cause for Outrage
July 20, 2012
The White House announced that President Obama will not be in attendance at the International AIDS Conference next week. Instead he will send a video message. Some critics say that this is a bad move on his part. The chance to meet and greet hundreds of foreign dignitaries and leading researchers at a conference about a disease that is affecting millions around the world is a prime opportunity. This kind of move can be viewed as bad politics. However, this Examiner would like to point out a few important details that show that President Obama is not exactly ignoring AIDS like one would assume because of this absence.
AIDS 2012 Update: We Can End AIDS March and Rally
July 18, 2012
The second march of this conference will be the We Can End AIDS mobilization. On Tuesday, July 24th, not one but five separate marches will occur simultaneously and converge onto Lafayette Park in front of the White House. The theme is "Occupy the Roots of HIV". Organizers are calling for policy makers to use the resources and tools available to end the epidemic, not treat it. Fliers for the march describe the mobilization in this manner "We will take the streets exposing the flow of money that funds harmful policies and legislators. Powerful, non-violent, and creative activities will lead all the issue focused actions to a major convergence and action at the power center where the White House, Treasury Department and the National Chamber of Commerce sit at the intersection of the barriers to ending AIDS."
AIDS 2012 Update: Keep the Promise March on Washington
July 18, 2012
Well it wouldn't be an International AIDS Conference without a protest. This time around it's one city with two AIDS Marches. The first of the two is the 'Keep the Promise' march and rally sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. On Sunday, July 22nd at 12 noon, participants from nations across the globe will join in on the grounds of the Washington Monument to remind world leaders that the AIDS epidemic is still a major public health threat and must be stopped. Special guests will include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, Andrew Young, Wyclef Jean, Margaret Cho, and Dr. Cornell West. The rally will precede the opening of the International AIDS Conference that is set to begin on Monday, July 23rd.
AIDS 2012 Update: Youth Activities at the Conference
July 17, 2012
The International AIDS Conference for 2012 will not just be an adult-only affair. Youth are not only invited to come, they are encouraged to participate. The D.C. Community Youth Core for AIDS 2012 has an extensive list of ways for youth to get involved. Check it out. Send it to friends. But most of all, support these programs.
AIDS 2012 Update: What to Expect at the Conference
July 16, 2012
Next week officially begins International AIDS Conference here in the District. More than 25,000 delegates and 2,000 media personnel will be on deck to witness this historic event. This year's conference marks the return of the IAC to the United States in more than two decades. The theme of the conference is "Turning the Tide Together" and is supposed to signify the strength that can be found in unity. Last week, at a press conference in the Barbara Jordan Center in the Kaiser Family Foundation building in Northwest, conference co-chair Dr. Diane Havlir and Joseph Elias, Global Village Coordinator, explained the highlights of the conference.
The Women's Collective Reacts to Heterosexual Study
July 3, 2012
The Women's Collective, located in Northeast Washington, D.C., is the latest group to offer a reaction to the 2011 Epidemiology Report and the study of Heterosexual Relationships and HIV from D.C. HAHSTA. Patricia Nalls founded the non-profit organization in 1993 to meet the needs of low income, marginalized women and girls of color in the District who are living with or at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. A few alarming statistics came from the heterosexual study including the fact that the rate among heterosexual women in the District rose from 6.3% in 2008 to 12.1% in 2010. In this opinion editorial, Toni Holness of TWC says (and this Examiner agrees) it's not just about sex.
Three Important Ways Obamacare Helps People With HIV/AIDS
June 28, 2012
The United States Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law that provides health coverage for millions of Americans who are uninsured. This historic act has paved the way for so many Americans to get coverage that was previously denied to them just a few years ago. For people living with HIV/AIDS this decision is without question a victory. Here are three ways that the Affordable Care Act helps.
Activist Reacts to HAHSTA's 2011 D.C. Epidemiology Report
June 26, 2012
Last week Mayor Vincent C. Gray and officials from the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) released the 2011 District of Columbia HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Epidemiology Annual Report. This report is basically a scorecard of how we're doing in terms of fighting the epidemic. Some numbers were positive. Other numbers highlight that certain groups are still not making progress. In short, this is still a major epidemic in our city.
AIDS 2012 Update: The Grassroots Guide to the Conference
June 19, 2012
The International AIDS Conference will be here in a little more than one month from now. It will be one of the biggest conferences to come through the District. In fact, the Washington Business Journal predicts it will generate about $33 million. But you don't need millions of dollars to attend the conference. This conference is being planned to include every budget so that you can get involved and stay there. Here's a list of some no-cost and low-cost activities in and around the IAC 2012.
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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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