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Candace Y.A. Montague

D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner


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.

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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.

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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.

Larry Bryant, Director for National Advocacy & Organizing for Housing Works in Northwest, was outraged that there was no prevention recommendations to accompany the report. He makes his viewpoint known in this brief op-ed.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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