Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
Brief D.C. Must-Do List: Black AIDS Awareness Day 2012
February 6, 2012
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Tuesday, February 7th. But the District will have to look extra hard to find events that recognize this day. Unlike World AIDS Day, when I am flooded with emails about vigils, cocktail parties, congressional briefings, demonstrations and so forth, I have a short list of activities for you this time that pertain to Black AIDS Awareness. In DC, 4.7 percent of African-Americans live with the virus. Among African-American males, the infection rate is an alarming 7.1 percent. It's a crisis that has been so perpetual that the rest of the world has seemingly become immune to the stats. Please don't tune out. Take the time to learn and do something new to fight HIV/AIDS among African-Americans.
Komen's Snub to Planned Parenthood Hurts HIV Efforts Too
February 1, 2012
Planned Parenthood is once again under attack but this time from someone that was once a strong ally. The Susan G. Komen Foundation announced that they would cease all financial support of Planned Parenthood because the organization is under congressional investigation. Critics say that the Komen is succumbing to political pressure because Planned Parenthood has been scrutinized lately for providing abortions. The Komen Foundation vehemently denies this by saying in a released statement "We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized." Their decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood not only hampers breast cancer prevention but it also cuts into HIV and STD screenings and prevention as well.
AIDS 2012 Update: Plenary Speakers Announced With Few Positive Women
January 30, 2012
Have you heard the news? Many of you have by now. The slate of plenary speakers has been announced for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. The plenary speakers will begin each day of the conference, which is set for July 21st through July 27th 2012 here in DC. The line up of speakers includes a range of leaders from global organizations. They are all well-known and respected experts in the fields of science, politics, and advocacy. But there's a blank space in the list of speakers on HIV/AIDS that leads keen observers question: where are the female speakers who are openly living with HIV?
Rapid Hepatitis C Testing Debuts at NBC Health and Fitness Expo
January 18, 2012
Community Education Group and Kappa Youth Development teamed up to provide free HIV and hepatitis C testing at the 19th annual NBC Health and Fitness Expo this past Saturday at the convention center. The expo is a Washington tradition in January and has plenty of events and activities surrounding wellness. Hepatitis C testing was offered for the first time using the new rapid results test manufactured by Orasure Technologies.
Los Angeles Council Votes in Favor of Condoms for Porn Actors
January 12, 2012
The Los Angeles County Council has been the center of a battle over condoms in recent weeks. The proposal to require porn actors to wear condoms during filming was tentatively approved on Tuesday. The council voted 11-1 in favor of the ordinance. Now it will go for a second approval next week. The council also agreed to form a group of stakeholders such as state occupational safety regulators, law enforcement personnel, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to decide how the law will be enforced.
What's New in HIV-Related News
January 11, 2012
Happy New Year! A few noteworthy events have popped up on my radar over the break so I have compiled them into one list here. Check them out. Support them all.
D.C. Students Get a Taste of "Shuga"
December 5, 2011
Love. Sex. Money. Friendships. Lies. Regrets. Drama. These are the ingredients of Shuga. And it's an addictive mix. MTV International and BET joined forces to host a live bi-coastal broadcast of the drama series Shuga on World AIDS Day. Students from Georgetown Day School in D.C. and select students in Nairobi, Kenya were invited to watch episodes two and three of the hard-hitting show and engage in a live video discussion about how the issues presented on the show hit home. The discussion was charismatically facilitated by BET Entertainer Big Tigger in D.C. and MTV Africa VJ Kule in Nairobi.
President Obama Uses Millions to "Get to Zero"
December 1, 2011
The One Campaign set the platform for one big announcement on World AIDS Day. President Obama made a bold pledge today at George Washington University in an effort to end the 30-year AIDS epidemic in the United States. He pledged to put $50 million dollars towards spending on HIV treatment. President Obama also pledged to help six million people worldwide to get access to antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2013. "We are going to win this fight. But the fight is not over. Not by a long shot."
Vaginal Gel Study Discontinued
November 28, 2011
The National Institutes of Health NIAID announced Friday that it will discontinue the trial of a microbicidal vaginal gel used in the VOICE study. The study looked at the use of three forms of anti-retroviral treatment; a vaginal gel containing tenofovir, a tenofovir pill and Truvada which is a pill containing tenofovir and a booster drug. The results of the study found that there was no difference between the effects on women who used the gel and women who used a placebo. More than 5,000 women in three African countries took part in the study.
Three Reasons to Not Reveal Your HIV Status During the Holidays
November 22, 2011
The holiday season is upon us once again. For some it is joyous. For others it is torturous. No matter how you feel about visiting relatives and eating countless plates of food, it is safe to say that the holiday season is not a good time to disclose to your family that you are HIV positive. Here are three simple reasons why:
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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