Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
The Normal Heart's Stunning Debut at Arena Stage
June 18, 2012
Question: How do you tell the world that your house is on fire without using the word "fire?" This is the conundrum facing Ned Weeks, a feisty, young gay male writer in New York during the 1980s in Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart. Just in time for the International AIDS Conference, this stage production about the beginnings of AIDS in New York during the early 1980s, has come to Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater with an extremely talented cast, a mesmeric storyline, and high acclaim. It is the perfect accentuation to the conference.
Trauma, Mental Health and HIV
June 5, 2012
One issue that this Examiner keeps on her radar is the strong connection between domestic violence and HIV infection. A study was published in March that revealed some stunning results about trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and HIV. The University of California-San Francisco's Women's HIV Program found that trauma led to women putting themselves at risk for HIV infection. Furthermore, another study showed that PTSD and abuse were a main factor in treatment adherence failure.
Whitman-Walker Health Goes the Extra Mile
May 30, 2012
Whitman-Walker Health honored four distinguished guests while celebrating the legal community last week in a benefit in Georgetown. The Going the Extra Mile reception highlighted the work former President Bill Clinton, ONE, Sheila C. Johnson and Susan Koch for their efforts to fight HIV.
La Clinica Leads the Charge for Improving Latino Health
May 24, 2012
Latino health issues took center stage last week at a conference downtown. La Clinica Del Pueblo hosted their first community health conference, "Tu Salud en Tus Manos -- Your Health in Your Hands." In conjunction with the D.C. Department of Health, a sea of 80 participants convened at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center in the Kaiser Family Foundation in Northwest to review results from a study. Together they brainstormed ways to effectively address Latino health concerns. Alicia Wilson, Executive Director of La Clinica Del Pueblo, squeezed out a few moments to discuss Latino health, the obstacles to wellness and the unique issues that come when addressing Latino health needs.
HIV Testing Coming Closer to Home
May 17, 2012
If you could have your way, would you prefer to take an HIV test at home or at a physician's office? Well one advocacy group says take it at home. According to whospositive.org, a national HIV awareness group, support for over-the-counter HIV testing is growing. They released the results of their year-long survey that measured potential support for an over-the-counter HIV test. It seems that increasingly the tide is turning and testing is coming out of the doctor's offices and clinics. But is it wise to leave testing up to untrained consumers at home without consultation from a medical professional?
FDA Advisory Panel Approves Truvada and Home HIV Tests
May 16, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration's Blood Panel Advisory Committee has approved both Truvada PrEP and the OraSure Rapid HIV test for home use. The panel voted yesterday after deliberation and testimonies in support and against both products. Truvada, a pill with a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine, has been recommended for use as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative partners in serodiscordant relationships. The OraSure Rapid HIV test is an oral-swab based test that can give results in about 20 minutes. The FDA does not have to accept the recommendations from the committee but it usually does.
Homelessness Proves to Be a Major Block in Treating HIV
May 8, 2012
Hello there! This Examiner has been on a bit of a hiatus thanks to a writer's block. I am happy to report that it is over. What's new? A study from the researchers at the University of California in San Francisco about HIV and homelessness. AIDS advocates have been screaming for years that housing is treatment. Who can forget the stunning piece about a homeless HIV positive woman named Crystal that was published last year for CNN? Now yet another study has been published that further proves their point. The study was published in the April 25th issue of PLoS One.
Working Group for Women and HIV Falls Far Below Radar
April 5, 2012
Here's a story that you're probably not hearing much about. But I cannot remain silent on it. Allow me to make some noise for a moment. Last month during PACHA's meeting on women and girls, the White House established a crucial working group for women and girls and HIV, a timely move for a movement that has been focused on gay men for many years.
AIDS Activists Arrested for Protesting Ban on Federal Funded Syringe Exchange
March 22, 2012
Nearly 30 activists were arrested while protesting the ban on federally funded syringe exchange programs yesterday. A total of 75 activists gathered at the US Capitol to participate in a chained 'sit-in' at the offices of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Eric Cantor (R-VA). Yesterday was the National Day of Action when many non-profit organizations asked their supporters to voice their opposition to the ban. The arrested protestors represented Housing Works, Health Gap, and Harm Reduction Coalition. They were detained for 14 hours and released just after midnight.
Dr. Grant Colfax Appointed as New Director of ONAP
March 15, 2012
The White House announced yesterday that Dr. Grant Colfax, a San Francisco based research scientist, will be the new director of the Office Of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). Dr. Colfax has 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS care and research including developing interventions that reduce new infections among substance abuse populations. He will replace Jeff Crowley who resigned in last November.
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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