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Candace Y.A. Montague

D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner


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.

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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."

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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.

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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:

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Magic Johnson, Heterosexual Men and HIV
November 9, 2011

November 7, 2011 marked the 20 year anniversary of Magic Johnson making his bold and courageous announcement to the world that he has HIV. Magic stated that he contracted the disease from sex. At the time, Magic urgently wanted to stress that HIV doesn't discriminate. "We sometimes think only gay people can get it, that it's not going to happen to me. And here I am saying that it can happen to anybody, even me." Somewhere along the way, that message fell on deaf ears and unfortunately some heterosexual men still think that it cannot happen to them. They think that getting HIV can only happen to gay people and Magic Johnson (Magic must have been a fluke, right?). It's time to bring that message back to the heterosexual men. Yes, it can happen to you.

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The Road to AIDS 2012 Leads to More of the Same
November 7, 2011

The Road to AIDS 2012 town hall meeting was held last Thursday at FHI 360 Conference Center in Dupont Circle. The meeting brought together a mixture of leaders and community members to discuss the state of HIV today and what is expected out of the upcoming International AIDS Conference in July 2012. Similar to many other town halls, community discussions, and leadership meetings this lackluster gathering revisited many of the same issues that always come up and introduced very few action steps.

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Jeff Crowley Set to Leave ONAP
November 4, 2011

Jeff Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, announced yesterday that he is resigning from his post effective in December. He stated that there is never really a good time to leave a position like his and that he is ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Crowley was appointed to the position in 2009 by President Obama. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director for programs at the National Association of People with AIDS, Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar at the University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. In a statement last night at the Road to AIDS 2012 town hall meeting, a somber Crowley told the audience "I'm not going away or disappearing forever. I just want to make sure everyone keeps moving toward a common path to really seize the moment we have right now."

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NBLCA and Rep. Lee Push for Women of Color to Come First
November 2, 2011

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS sponsored the debut of a groundbreaking documentary about HIV/AIDS and African-American Women at a Congressional briefing last Tuesday. Many Women, One Voice was screened before an audience of Congress members, staff, non-profit organizations, and advocates. The screening was followed by a panel discussion on the importance of keeping Black women at the forefront of the battle against HIV as they are the ones who carry disproportionately high infection rates. The screening/discussion was co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chair of the newly formed Congressional HIV Caucus and co-produced by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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DC Councilmember-at-Large Proposes Program for Seniors to Learn About HIV
November 1, 2011

DC Council Member at-large David Catania (I) introduced legislation last month to help senior learn more about HIV/AIDS from each other. The Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2011 would provide funding for the Department of Health to train seniors to become peer educators on the subject of sexual health and HIV. The educators would present workshops at senior centers, churches, and various gatherings around the city.

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Rick Perry Says "No" to Comprehensive Sex Education
October 27, 2011

Rick Perry says he is against comprehensive sex education for youth. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Texas Governor and Republican 2012 presidential candidate has made a firm stand in favor of abstinence-only education. Governor Perry made his opinion known publicly in an interview with Evan Smith from The Texas Tribune last year. Abstinence-only sex education teaches youth to refrain from sexual activity until marriage. It generally does not address sexual orientations other than heterosexual and does not endorse condom use. Texas has the fifth highest rate of teenage pregnancy and the third highest repeat teen pregnancy rate in the country. It also ranks the fourth highest among the 50 states in cumulative reported AIDS cases, 10th in the country for syphillis, and 17th for chlamydia infections according to the CDC. Perry stated in the interview "I'm just going to tell you ... from my own personal life, abstinence works."

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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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