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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 and emPower News Magazine.

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Latest by Candace Y.A. Montague

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HIV Community Advocates React to HHS Secretary Azar's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Announcements

HHS Secretary Azar's PACHA co-chair announcement disappoints but doesn't surprise community members.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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#ACApositive Campaign Fights Trump Administration for Transgender Health Care

The Transgender Law Center's #ACApositive campaign is an awareness drive aimed at spotlighting the perils of transgender people with HIV disconnecting from ACA health care coverage.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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HIV Activists Prepare for What Lies Ahead in 2018

After a year of fighting to save the Affordable Care Act and federal spending for HIV research, prevention, and care programs, what do advocates predict will be the upcoming policy battles in 2018?

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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Faith and HIV in America, Then and Now

We've come a long way since it was common practice for religious leaders in the U.S. to publicly condemn people living with or at risk for HIV. But places of worship still can do more.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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Faiths Unite; Barriers Fall: The Inaugural National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On Aug. 27, faith leaders and members of the Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Bahá'í and Buddhist communities celebrated the inaugural National Faith HIV and AIDS Awareness Day.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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HIV Activists Arrested at Paul Ryan's Office, as Rally Lays Out Demands for President-Elect Trump and Republican-Controlled Congress

On World AIDS Day, HIV activists demanded Congress and President-Elect Trump keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intact, stop drug companies from price gouging and strengthen Medicaid and Medicare.

By Candace Y.A. Montague and JD Davids
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For Muslims With HIV, Khadijah Abdullah Offers a Safe Space for Faith, Healing and Empowerment

Khadijah Abdullah and others at RAHMA are focusing support, not blame, breaking down the barriers to care and support for brothers and sisters in Islam living with HIV. They'll host their first retreat this summer.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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Personal Stories

How Buffalo Hump Can Affect Self Image, Threaten HIV Med Adherence: Rose's Story

"I'm developing a 'buffalo hump,' that fatty deposit between your neck and your back. This condition is changing the way I look, which is affecting my self-esteem, which is definitely going to affect my adherence," says Rose.

By Candace Y.A. Montague
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Health Challenges That Transgender People Face

Trans people experience health and social-justice challenges that extend beyond their genitalia. Candace Montague reports for Black AIDS Institute.

By Candace Y.A. Montague for The Black AIDS Institute
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When Words Work Against Us: The Language of HIV Stigma

For many years, the language of HIV/AIDS has marginalized people living with HIV, and those in communities with high rates of infection. The time has come to reframe the language to empower rather than alienate, and to educate the general public.

By Candace Y.A. Montague