viernes, 17 de junio de 2016

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National HIV Testing Day June 27.Doing It on National HIV Testing Day!

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to promote HIV testing among all individuals and encourage people to take pride in knowing their HIV status. This year, CDC is promoting Doing It, recognizing the importance for all Americans to get regular HIV testing as part of their routine health care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to commemorate NHTD by getting an HIV test and encouraging friends, family, and the community at large to do the same.
You can also join us to show your support, tell your story, or get involved:
  • The Doing It campaign will be at Harlem Pride at Jackie RobinsonPark in New York City on Saturday, June 25. Campaign representatives will be giving out materials that highlight the importance of HIV testing. There will also be a photo booth for Pride-goers to take a photo to take home and post to social media.
  • Doing It and CurlBOX will be hosting a takeover of the Act AgainstAIDS Instagramaccount to encourage everyone to get tested for HIV on June 27. Make sure to visit the Act Against AIDS Instagram page on NHTD to learn more about how to participate in the takeover.
  • On June 18, leading up to NHTD, we will join the Red Pump
     for the 3rd annual RED Summer Soiree in Washington, DC. The event, a benefit brunch commemorating NHTD, will be held at Cities Restaurant & Lounge and will bring together advocates, educators, and influencers for one of the organization’s newest signature events.
  • Chandi Moore from “I Am Cait” and Daniel Franzese from HBO’s“Looking,” “Recovery Road,” and “Mean Girls” will be at The Abbey in West Hollywood on June 27 with Doing It and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to share materials, promote HIV testing, and raise awareness. The event will also offer a mobile health unit providing rapid HIV tests and other resources.
For more ways to get involved, check out the Things You Can Do To Commemorate National HIV Testing Day. Also be sure to check out the Act Against AIDS FacebookTwitter, and Instagrampages to see how others are supporting NHTD.

Act Against AIDS News Celebrates 10!

This newsletter marks the 10th Act Against AIDS News, and we couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come. In honor of the 10th volume of the newsletter, we wanted to take a look back at our 10 biggest stories since the first newsletter was published in June 2013.
What’s Your Reason? The inaugural newsletter announced the launch ofReasons/Razones, CDC’s first national effort to encourage HIV testing among Latino/Hispanic gay and bisexual men.
Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis Joins Let's Stop HIV Together to encourage others to raise HIV awareness and decrease stigma
HIV Treatment Works. Get in Care. Stay in Care. Live Well. This national campaign encourages people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment.
We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time/Una Conversación a la VezThe fifth newsletter also coincided with the launch of this bilingual HIV prevention campaign encouraging Hispanics/Latinos to talk openly about HIV.
Act Against AIDS Establishes New Partnerships With 15 Organizationsthrough CDC’s new Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT) partnership initiative.
And the Award Goes to… Remember when CDC took home two 2013 Videographer Awards for the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign?!
Start Talking. Stop HIV. — Encouraging Conversations About HIV Prevention Among Gay and Bisexual Men with the launch of a national prevention campaign that promotes open communication about HIV.
CDC Partners With Positively Aware To Celebrate A Day With HIV which aims to help fight stigma around HIV and advance a community of caring.
Act Against AIDS Is on the AirRemember that time Let’s Stop HIV Together and Testing Makes Us Stronger debuted two new PSAs and a Start Talking. Stop HIV. postermade it on to How To Get Away With Murder?!
Doing It, the Newest Act Against AIDS Campaign was introduced as CDC’s national HIV testing and prevention campaign designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and to know their status.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed staying up to date on Act Against AIDS activities! Any favorite newsletter stories that we didn’t highlight above? Visit the Act Against AIDS Facebook page to tell us which story is your favorite.

It’s Time to Learn Something New—Check Out the CDC Learning Connection

CDC Learning Connection. Connect. Learn. Improve health. is excited to announce the launch of the newly designed CDC Learning Connection—your source for information on public health training opportunities developed by CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies. Visit the new site, access thousands of free courses, and sign up for monthly email updates.

Join Us for the 2016 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

Join us for the 10th annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, August 23–25 2016, in Atlanta, GA! This conference is an exciting collaboration between CDC and the National Public Health Information Coalition, several federal agencies, local governments, and other organizations. It will bring together individuals from academia, public health researchers, and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector to provide a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. This conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice. The Act Against AIDS team will be available with resources in the conference Exhibit Hall.
CDC Learning Connection. Connect. Learn. Improve health.
Don’t miss the plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables, poster presentations, and other exciting events! Visit the conference website to register, find out about exhibiting, and more!

In the Community

Kicking Off Pride Season with Doing It and Start Talking. Stop HIV.

The summer is heating up and Act Against AIDS campaigns will once again be visiting communities nationwide to participate in local Pride festivities! Pride festivals and parades celebrate people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and raise awareness of LGBTQ issues. The Doing It and Start Talking. Stop HIV. teams will work with local partners to promote events, distribute materials, and showcase campaign assets. Check out the map that follows to see where our road trip is taking us.
map of pride events

Retrievers Welcome Back A Day with HIV, Along With Let’s Stop HIV Together and HIV Treatment Works

This spring, the A Day with HIV traveling photo exhibit made a repeat appearance at the Retriever Health and Wellness Festival at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. On April 11, the exhibit was showcased for students and faculty along with campaign materials from the Let’s Stop HIV Together and HIV Treatment Works campaigns. Cedric Gum, HIV Treatment Works campaign participant, volunteered for the second year in a row to distribute materials and speak to attendees about living with HIV. More than 200 students and faculty stopped by to view the exhibit.
HIV Treatment Works campaign participant Cedric and other attendees at the Retriever Health and Wellness Festival.A Day with HIV has appeared at community events, conferences, public libraries, and universities across the country since 2013 to raise awareness and change stigmatizing perceptions about HIV. In the last year, the exhibit has traveled to California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington D.C and has reached more than 50,000 people. If you would like to have the A Day with HIV exhibit at an event in your community, send us a message with event details via the Act Against AIDS Facebook page.
The A Day with HIV traveling exhibit is an extension of the A Day with HIV digital campaign from Positively Aware, a journal devoted to HIV treatment and wellness in which people submit digital photos to record a moment that represents a day in the life of someone living with or affected by HIV.

PACT Partner Profile: National Medical Association

National Medical Association Logo
The Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT) member spotlight recognizes and celebrates the efforts of our partners who are working to increase HIV awareness among the general public, reduce new HIV infections among disproportionately impacted populations, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States and its territories. In this quarter’s newsletter, we are pleased to highlight the National Medical Association (NMA).
Martin Hamlette, Executive Director, National Medical AssociationThe NMA is one of the largest and oldest African-American professional and scientific organizations—representing the interests of 30,000 physicians and their patients in the United States. Since its inception, NMA has been committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and medically underserved populations through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal agencies and private organizations.
We spoke with NMA’s Executive Director, Martin Hamlette, J.D., M.H.A., about the organization’s latest efforts to improve the quality and availability of HIV treatment and care to underserved populations.
Q. NMA is dedicated to keeping its members informed about the many advances and changes affecting medical practice such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). CDC’s 2015 HIV Vital Signs indicated that 1 in 3 primary care doctors and nurses had never heard of PrEP. What is NMA doing to educate and train member physicians about the full realm of HIV prevention and treatment options available?

A: NMA understands the importance of PrEP in communities of color. NMA is committed to educating our physicians about “best practices” in infectious disease, especially HIV, where people of color are disproportionately affected. Through our partnership with the CDC’s PACT initiative, the NMA is targeting our physicians who attend both the regional and national conferences by offering continuing medical education (CME) credit to learn about PrEP. This endeavor will reach physician attendees at our state, regional, and annual meeting taking place this year in Los Angeles from July 30–August 3, 2016.

Q. PrEP has been shown to be a very important HIV prevention tool, yet the demographic at highest risk, black gay men, has shown low uptake. What are some potential barriers for uptake and use of PrEP among these men?

A: One key barrier is a lack of public education as well as myths about this method of HIV prevention. Data suggest that perceptions of risk vary among the clientele, and the effectiveness and concerns regarding compliance to meds could be another barrier. Other research suggests overall health concerns, medication side effects, and concerns that PrEP does not provide complete protection against HIV. NMA disseminates PrEP messaging in a culturally competent manner to engage with this high-risk population.

Q. Youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in 2014 and at the end of 2012, 44% of youth aged 18 to 24 living with HIV did not know they had HIV. How is NMA working to educate this key demographic about reducing their personal risk of HIV?

A: Awareness is key to making measurable progress in the reduction of HIV diagnoses among high-risk youth and young adults. By educating our minority physician members who work directly with this population on a daily basis through NMA’s CME opportunities, we are structuring a path towards effective patient education across the country and optimizing awareness.

Q. Shortly after your appointment, NMA launched its “Because Our Lives Matter” initiative, building on the Call to Action issued in 2014 to end HIV and AIDS in the African-American community. How has NMA’s involvement with PACT impacted the work under this initiative?

A: Because Our Lives Matter: HIV Treatment Works! has been successfully implemented and our physician members are diligently working to end these disparities in communities of color. Our work has been mobilized through the dissemination of evidence-based best practices for HIV and AIDS treatment developed by our NMA physicians. These best practices are reinforced through effective training programs designed for physicians and the community throughout the NMA’s network of state and local societies.
For more information on Act Against AIDS PrEP resources from the Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign, please

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