Hiv care – Wankanyakla Self Help Group Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:27:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hiv care – Wankanyakla Self Help Group 32 32 Southern Nevada Health District Unveils Needle Exchange Vending Machine Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:27:00 +0000

The Southern Nevada Health District will unveil a vending machine at its headquarters Monday with free kits aimed at reducing HIV risk, protecting sexual health and treating opioid overdoses.

The vending machine will carry Sterile Syringe Kits, Hygiene Kits, Wound Care Kits, Hormone Injection Kits, Safe Sex Kits, Pregnancy Tests and Naxolone Nasal Kits without costs for customers.

Naloxone is a drug used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

The machine is located at the Health District’s main public health center at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. This is the seventh location of needle exchange vending machines in southern Nevada.

Similar machines are found in addiction treatment centers, community centers and primary care clinics. The machines are operated by the Trac-B/Impact Exchange Harm Reduction Program, the only syringe service program in the Las Vegas Valley.

The vending machine program was implemented through Nevada Senate Bill 410, effective in 2013. Needle exchanges are used across the United States, providing clean, sterile needles and encouraging users to drop off used needles, the health district said.

“Sharing needles remains a common practice among injecting drug users and is leading to an increase in the number of people with HIV or other blood-borne infections,” said district health officer Dr. Fermin Leguen. “SNHD is proud to work with our partners to help reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse.”

Naloxone and fentanyl nasal test strips are still available to the public at the health district’s Decatur Pharmacy. Self-administered HIV testing is available by mail through the Collect 2 Protect website at

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Mary Hynes at or 702-383-0336. Follow @MaryHynes1 on Twitter.

ACLU accuses Pettis County of denying inmate life-saving drugs | Central Missouri News Fri, 18 Nov 2022 23:15:00 +0000

CITY OF JEFFERSON – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri said it filed a federal lawsuit last week against Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) and Pettis County. The ACLU says the company and the county jail denied an incarcerated individual access to life-saving drugs after he was diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The ACLU is seeking a preliminary injunction from the court to ensure its client has continued access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication.

For months after the plaintiff was diagnosed while in custody, the ACLU says Dr. Alan Weaver and prison staff ignored his requests for treatment for HIV and his symptoms of acute infection.

“Dr. Weaver refused to prescribe medication — or even perform appropriate tests — because the plaintiff is poor and therefore could not afford the necessary medications,” the ACLU said.

The ACLU said after the inmate received outside funding, staff allowed him to see an outdoor doctor and obtain antiretroviral treatment. He also said the inmate had missed more than 10 doses of medication after prison staff reportedly failed to administer it consistently or correctly.

Additionally, the ACLU says the inmate has also not received any of his other prescribed medications for mental health issues since entering prison.

The ACLU also alleges that a Pettis County employee told the inmate that if he pleaded guilty to his charges, he would be allowed access to his medication.

“Presumably because he would be transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections and out of Pettis County Jail,” the ACLU said.

The county has contracted with ACH, which the ACLU says provides one hour of medical care per week to the entire prison population.

“When the doctor visits the prison, he routinely refuses to prescribe medication to anyone who cannot pay,” the ACLU said.

KOMU 8 has reached out to Pettis Count Sheriff Brad Anders and ACH for comment. As of press time, neither organization has responded.

Lundquist Institute researcher Dr. Eric Daar and research team find that HIV patients benefit from ingestible sensor technology for HIV treatment Tue, 15 Nov 2022 23:17:00 +0000

Results published in The Lancet Ebiomedicine demonstrate the positive effect of an advanced ingestible sensor for HIV therapeutics

Ingestible Sensor Technology – Smart Pill

The study used a tiny edible sensor that is over-encapsulated with drugs. When ingested, it is detected by a patch with an integrated monitor and sensor worn by the patient. The monitor sends a Bluetooth signal to a mobile device, which in turn sends an encrypted message to a central server which records, in real time, that a dose of medication has just been taken.

Torrance, Calif., Nov. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LOS ANGELES (November 15, 2022) — Dr. Eric Daar, a researcher at the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, is the co-principal investigator for the grant $4 million from the National Institute of Mental Health that supported research that found that HIV-positive patients whose drug regimens were monitored by an innovative ingestible sensor system were more adherent to antiretrovirals (ARVs) and, at in turn, had lower viral loads. The results – “Ingestible Sensor System for Measuring, Monitoring and Enhancing Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy: An Open-label, Usual Care-controlled, Randomized Trial” – were published on November 11 in The Lancet Ebiomedicine.

The research team included researchers from UCLA, Nebraska Medical Center, Yale University and Harvard University. The team assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and sustainability of using the Proteus Digital Health Feedback (PDHF) information technology system, assessed its accuracy, and evaluated its effectiveness for monitoring and leveraging adherence. to medications. The published results constitute a significant advance in the measurement and monitoring of medication adherence in patients with HIV-AIDS and in the development of real-time interventions in a population that requires increased medical supervision.

“When patients first enrolled in our study, they had difficulty adhering to their medications regularly. During the study, they often expressed that the ingestible sensor technology system provided them with the additional feedback and support they needed to successfully control their HIV infection,” said Dr. Daar, Head of the division of HIV medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

PDHF uses a tiny edible sensor that is over-encapsulated with drugs. When ingested, it is detected by a patch with an integrated monitor and sensor worn by the patient. The monitor sends a Bluetooth signal to a mobile device, which in turn sends an encrypted message to a central server which records, in real time, that a dose of medication has just been taken.

“After more than two decades of technology improvements, ingestible sensor technology is, to date, the most advanced and accurate computational method for measuring and monitoring adhesion behavior with wireless and online processes. real-time via a mobile device,” said Dr. Honghu Liu, co-principal investigator of the study and chair of the Section of Population and Public Health at UCLA School of Dentistry. “Our study provided particularly promising results for those who have significant difficulty adhering to antiretroviral medications.”

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Amid ongoing COVID-19 and flu threats, security advocates urge prevention

TAMPA, November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the nation’s largest independent kidney patient organization, announced the opening of the 2023 grant round for its AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. The award funds a conference or program that advances new approaches to increase knowledge of renal patient safety and/or the dissemination of new research related to effective safety procedures among healthcare professionals responsible for patient safety .

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Immunocompromised and immunocompromised kidney patients, including dialysis patients and kidney transplant patients, remain highly vulnerable to COVID-19 and influenza and have been among the hardest hit populations in terms of mortality rates throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic. They are also at significantly higher risk of contracting hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), often associated with dialysis centers, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Kidney patients are medically fragile due to their weakened immune systems and usually manage several other medical conditions and comorbidities. Infections in kidney patients can be difficult to treat, require specialized care, and often involve hospitalizations and surgery. The consensus among political and medical experts is that high standards of patient safety and infection control in healthcare settings, strictly observed, save the lives of patients, reduce the burden on healthcare professionals and help to avoid unnecessary costs for taxpayers and insurers.

President of the AACP Richard Knighta former dialysis patient and current kidney transplant recipient, said, “Every kidney patient entering a medical facility, especially dialysis patients receiving care at dialysis centers, should know that their lives depend on the protocols of infection control managed by healthcare professionals and the seriousness with which healthcare systems prioritize their safety.This award highlights best practices in patient safety and infection control, the professionals responsible for maintaining the integrity of safety protocols and substantial efforts to protect the lives of patients while reducing the costs of care for taxpayers and insurers.

Organizations eligible to apply for the award include 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, government agencies at all levels, and other organizations as indicated on the application. Applicants seeking additional information should contact Erin Kahle, Director of Patient Information, Data Analytics and Advocacy, by emailing Applications are due December 30, 2022.

The AAKP empowers patients to take charge of their care and safety through an extensive online disease education program. AAKP collaborates with an extensive network of global and national kidney medicine experts and leading medical research institutions and universities on research initiatives focused on kidney medicine, detection and management of kidney injury. (ARI) and infection control and prevention (find out more). In 2022, the AAKP granted its first international safety recognition, honoring the Kidney Patient Support Group (RPSG) of the UK. The RPSG participates in the AAKP Global™ initiative and is part of AAKP’s growing international collaboration of patient organizations focused on patient-centric policy and innovation.

The AAKP is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that certain infection control standards remain a priority in facility performance metrics kidney disease and reimbursement decisions related to kidney care. The AAKP is a founding partner of the CDC’s Making Dialysis Safer Coalition and an active participant in the CDC’s Federal Health Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). HICPAC is a federal advisory committee appointed to provide advice and guidance to the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding strategies for the surveillance, prevention, and control of hospital-acquired infections, resistance to antimicrobials and related events in healthcare settings. AAKP President of Politics and Global Affairs Paul T. Conway serves as the AAKP liaison to HICPAC. AAKP and CDC co-branded “Conversation Starter to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients,” a tool for patients and family members to initiate discussion with dialysis facility staff on infection prevention, and also produced the HealthLine webinar, “Making Dialysis Safer for Patients.”

To watch a recent AAKP webinar on the current threat COVID-19 poses to patients with kidney disease, watch the AAKP interview with Dr. Michael OsterholmDirector of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota and a health expert who contributes to national media (watch OnDemand). At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the AAKP launched its COVID-19 Resource webpage to educate national and global patient audiences about what they could do to minimize their risk of contracting the virus. To date, the AAKP has hosted eight major national and international meetings and dozens of safety-focused educational sessions and HealthLine webinars to educate healthcare professionals, patients, and families about the danger of COVID-19, the evolution of vaccination strategies and best practices for risk mitigation. These programs have reached audiences in more than 90 countries, engaged tens of thousands of viewers, and involved experts from AAKP’s strategic partners at CDC, US Department of Veterans Affairs; American Society of Transplantation; the American Society of Transplant Surgeons; the Association of Renal Physicians; and the American Society of Nephrology.

The Patient Safety Award was established in 2014 by the former Network of New England, whose board created an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the nonprofit led by the former director. executive Jenny Kitsen. Past recipients include Dr. Alain Kliger, Chair, Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety, American Society of Nephrology (2022); Kidneys Quest Foundation (2021); Satellite Health Care (2020); Alabama A&M University (2020); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019); National Kidney Foundation (2018); National Association of Renal Administrators (2018, 2016); AT Still Oral Health University (2017); Support group for all kidney patients (2017); Association of Kidney Physicians (2016); American Association of Nephrology Nurses (2015); and ESRD Networks Forum (2015).

About the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP): Founded in 1969, the AAKP is the largest organization of kidney patients leading policy discussions about kidney patient care choice and therapeutic innovations. Over the past decade, AAKP patients have helped secure lifetime transplant drug coverage for kidney transplant recipients (2020); new patient-centric policies via the White House Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (2019); new job protections for living organ donors under the US Department of Labor’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (2018); and Congressional legislation authorizing HIV-positive organ transplants for HIV-positive patients (2013). AAKP’s virtual platforms and social networks are internationally recognized for their impact. Follow AAKP on social media at @kidneypatient on Facebook and @kidneypatients on Twitter, and visit its website at

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Lack of clinical training, misconceptions about HIV are barriers to PrEP in the South Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:33:15 +0000

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Traylor, D. Prescribing PrEP by Southern US Primary Care Providers. Presented at: OMED22; Oct. 27-31, 2022; Boston.

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In a recent survey, most primary care physicians in the South do not screen patients for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis eligibility or write prescriptions for it.

A lack of clinical training and misconceptions surrounding HIV resistance to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) were among the barriers to testing and prescribing, according to the survey.

Data taken from: Traylor, D. Prescribing PrEP by Southern US Primary Care Providers. Presented at: OMED22; Oct. 27-31, 2022; Boston.

Presentation at the OMED conference of the American Osteopathic Association, Daryl O. Traylor, MS, MPH, PhD, a medical student at the University of the Word Embodied School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio, noted that while PrEP “is very effective against HIV when taken as prescribed,” only 953 African Americans du Sud received PrEP prescriptions in 2018.

“Primary care providers are missing key opportunities to screen for PrEP needs, as well as prescribe PrEP,” he said, noting that research on barriers remains confusing.

In the United States, HIV is most prevalent in the South. According to the CDC, from 2015 to 2019, the South recorded 96,000 new HIV infections, 58,100 more than the West, the second highest region. African-American patients are disproportionately affected, accounting for more than half of all new infections from 2018 to 2019, Traylor said.

For the cross-sectional study, Traylor used the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model to examine patterns and characteristics of PrEP assessments and prescribing in primary care practices in the southern United States.

The study cohort included 223 PCPs in 10 Southern states who had an average age of 44; 57.8% were male (n=129). More than half of the participants practiced in Texas and the majority practiced in an urban setting.

Traylor found that 32.3% of PCPs (n=72) were not prescribing PrEP and did not intend to prescribe PrEP within 6 months, while 16.6% (n=37) were not prescribing not PrEP but intended to do so within 6 months. About thirty percent (n=69) had prescribed PrEP for more than 6 months.

According to participants’ responses – which were ranked using a Leichter scale from 1 (not important) to 5 (extremely important) – the most significant barriers to prescribing PrEP included:

  • lack of PrEP training for providers (average score, 4.27);
  • a lack of clinical guidelines on PrEP (mean score, 3.87);
  • staff and time constraints (mean score, 4.29); and
  • a lack of insurance coverage and high disbursements (mean score, 4.7).

Notable facilitators included patient motivation (mean score, 4.25) and access to PrEP resources (mean score, 3.63), Traylor said. Meanwhile, gay, bisexual, and lesbian patient characteristics were among the most negative variables predicting PrEP prescription or non-prescription.

Traylor also reported that PCPs with 50% or more African American patients were more likely to have prescribed PrEP than those with 50% or fewer African American patients (73% versus 37%). Meanwhile, 63% (n=115) of PCPs who had 50% or fewer African American patients were never prescribed PrEP.

Traylor concluded that both the lack of provider training and clinical guidelines, as well as misconceptions surrounding PrEP and HIV resistance underscore “the need for more physician training.”


Scott Pridgen knows more than anyone about the housing crisis in Key West. CRICKET DESMARAIS/Weekly Keys

By Cricket Desmarais

It’s hard not to notice the angels hovering behind Scott Pridgen’s head as he speaks – painted by local artist Lenny Addorisio. They are a sort of metaphor for this man who has spent the last 35 years tirelessly advocating for people in need, and in particular for healthcare and housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Most of those years have been in Key West, where Pridgen serves as executive director of AH Monroe, where he’s worn just about every hat in the agency since getting involved, first as a volunteer in 1996.

“Just to see in someone’s face when you find them a home, whether it’s a linear move or for those who are homeless or have been homeless for a while and struggling” , he said of his position as a housing case manager in 2006. . “To bring them to this place and see them succeed, it was so rewarding.”

The housing crisis in Key West can be overwhelming for anyone, but even more so for those with health issues that cripple their finances and their ability to work and function on a daily basis. AH Monroe tackles this problem by recognizing that “housing is care,” thoughtfully linking the two together.

“We want an HIV-free generation; that’s our goal. And the way we do that is through health, ensuring that people living with HIV adhere to care,” he said. “Without housing, it’s much harder to achieve any health goal, or any goal for that matter.”

If that citizen spotlight seems to be shining more on the agency than the man, it’s probably because Pridgen is still humble and 100% dedicated to the AH mission. His pragmatism, calm demeanor and general warmth aligns with the sense of refuge he seeks to offer, something his predecessors established in 1989.

If you arrived on the island between the late 80s and 2011, you may know that “AH” was the acronym and parent name of AIDS Help Inc. and that its mission and services were entirely dedicated.

“There was and still is a lot of stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, but it was a big stigma where housing was denied if you had HIV or AIDS,” Pridgen said. “We want to think we’ve always been one human family, but we have discrimination here, we have prejudice, we have racism, we have stigma, just like any other community.”

The original Marty’s Place on Bertha Street was the agency’s first palliative care program.

“When people were literally dying of AIDS in Key West, a lot of hospitals and hospices wouldn’t accept them,” Pridgen said of the original 16 cottages on the agency-owned property. “We had a place to put them.”

This was partly thanks to the support of the Royal Fantasy Fest campaigns, which began in 1989 at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Contestants work tirelessly to raise funds in the eight weeks leading up to Fantasy Fest. The top two fundraisers are crowned king and queen of Fantasy Fest. (See page 4.)

“In the beginning, that’s where the royal campaign money was going – to give someone a place to die with dignity, because AIDS equaled death in those days.”

But as medicine and technology improved the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, AH was “still in the old playbook,” Pridgen said.

“Our whole roadmap and our mission was solely related to HIV/AIDS. Anyone who walked through the door was immediately asked, “Do you have HIV/AIDS?” Oh, you haven’t? Sorry, we cannot help you. You will have to find out. Or ‘You must have HIV/AIDS to live here. You must be dying for us to help you. It was horrible.”

The year Pridgen became manager in 2011, AH built Royal Poinciana, a 50-unit property that includes a gym. But only 25 customers moved in when it opened. Management and the board scratched their heads and sent out a survey. They found that the main reason clients didn’t want to live there was that they didn’t want to be defined by their illness.

“In fact, we were adding as much to the stigma as we were trying to remove it. It was such an eye opener for us,” Pridgen said.

By expanding eligibility to low-income people, people with disabilities, seniors, homeless people, and veterans, and reaching out to other nonprofits to spread the word, AH quickly filled the space. The infusion of diversity resulted in less depression, more community engagement, and greater participation in their own care for most of the HIV-positive clients living there.

Today, AH Monroe could mean aid for AIDS, accessible health care or affordable housing, depending on the services sought and provided.

“Anyone who lives in one of our five properties, regardless of their HIV status, has access to medical case management and all the services that anyone living with HIV receives,” Pridgen said.

Hurricane Irma provided the impetus for another change within the agency with the addition of their resource identification program – case management for people who had no connection to the agency. The program is still in place and especially critical during crises like COVID and the recent Hurricane Ian, allowing multiple Monroe County nonprofits to collaborate and meet needs.

“It was such an eye-opener of how we’re all one step away from homelessness, how we’re only a microsecond away from losing it all – and being no different from the guy who has slept on the corner all his life.”

It was also a signal to redirect funds from the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest’s campaign so the next beneficiary — the nonprofit Florida Keys SPCA — could expand its own initiatives.

“Every time a former royal or someone who’s worked on a campaign walks past one of our properties, they can say ‘I built this,'” Pridgen said of the 32 years of royal campaigning which raised a total of $5.3 million. “It’s their legacy.”

He also does not hesitate to recognize the part of the community in the overall success of the agency. It recognizes the dedication of its staff and the power of collaboration with other nonprofit organizations and solidarity businesses.

“I’m proud of the agency, how far it’s come and how the community built it. This agency – every square inch of it – was built by the community. Now it’s our job as stewards of the community to provide the services they need.

When he’s not helping someone find a home, he’s out in the sun with his partner, paddle boarding, hiking and biking.

Cheer on Pridgen during his SMART Ride Nov. 18-19, a two-day pedal ride from Miami to the AIDS Memorial in Key West that donates all funds raised to those infected, affected, or at risk of HIV/AIDS in Florida.

Life expectancy 6.3 years shorter for black MSM living with HIV Mon, 24 Oct 2022 22:19:25 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC – The life expectancy of HIV-infected non-Hispanic black men who have sex with men (MSM) lags 6.3 years behind that of their white counterparts in the setting of HIV care. Standard HIV, according to new data from simulation modeling.

Lead author Katherine Rich, MPH, a student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, presented the data Oct. 20 at IDWeek 2022.

“Substantial disparities in care exist between black and white MSM here in the United States,” she said. “The 2030 objectives of the EHE [Ending the HIV Epidemic in the US initiative] will not be achieved until HIV-related disparities are reduced. »

Using modeling, the team was able to measure both the gaps and the potential for interventions to fill those gaps.

  • The team found that improving engagement in care had the greatest benefit in closing the gap. Improving engagement and retention in care, they write, would lead to a gain of 1.4 years of life for black MSM and one year for white MSM.

  • Annual testing would add 0.6 years of life for black MSM and 0.3 years of life for white MSM compared to standard care.

  • By simulating viral suppression, the gain predicted by the model would be 1.1 years for black MSM; 0.3 for whites.

Additionally, a combination of annual testing, 95% care engagement, and 95% virologic suppression would add 3.4 years for black MSM (more than double the increase in years of life for any intervention) and 1.6 years for their white counterparts, the research suggests.

The researchers projected life expectancy from age 15 to 52.2 years for black MSM (or 67.2 years) and 58.5 years from age 15 for white MSM (or 73.5 years), a difference of 6.3 years.

Kathleen McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases and international health at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, said Medscape Medical News the projected gap in life years should be a call to action. McManus did not participate in the study.

Life expectancy gap Alarming

“Alarmingly, with current usual HIV care, HIV-positive black MSM have 6.3 years less life expectancy than white MSM,” she said. “Black MSM with lower retention in care and a lower rate of viral suppression than white MSM demonstrates that there is a problem with our current delivery of health care to Black MSM.”

With qualitative and community-based research, she said, “we need to ask the Black MSM community what innovations in care they need, and then we need clinics and organizations to make the identified changes.” .

The researchers used the validated CEPAC (Cost-Effectiveness of AIDS Complications Prevention) HIV microsimulation model to project life expectancy. Using data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they estimated that the average age at HIV infection was 26.8 for black MSM and 35 for MSM whites.

They estimated the proportion of time that MSM with an HIV diagnosis are kept in care at 75.2% for black MSM and 80.6% for white MSM. They calculated that the proportion of those achieving virologic suppression was 82% for black MSM and 91.2% for white MSM.

Lead author Emily P. Hyle, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard and an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said at a press conference ahead of the presentation that strategies for closing the gap will be different. depending on the regions.

“Our study highlights that if you can find effective interventions, the effect can be incredibly large. These are very large differences in years of life and life expectancies,” she said.

Rich gave an example of promising interventions, citing the work of study co-author Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, who received federal funding to pursue research on whether raising awareness about preventive care in barbershops can improve prevention for black men living with HIV.

Rich noted that the modeling has limitations in that it focuses on health outcomes and does not simulate transmissions. The results also reflect national data and not local continua of HIV care which, she acknowledged, differ significantly.

McManus and the study authors reported no relevant financial relationships.

IDWeek 2022. Abstract #798. Presented October 20, 2022.

Marcia Frellick is a Chicago-based freelance journalist. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Science News, and, and served as editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter: @mfrellick

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Hot spots and determinants of the discriminatory attitude of women towards people living with HIV; Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey Data | BMC Women’s Health Fri, 21 Oct 2022 22:04:54 +0000
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    Art auction set to fetch nearly $1 million for Casey House in Toronto Wed, 19 Oct 2022 01:54:00 +0000

    An auction of contemporary Canadian art was expected to fetch nearly $1 million in Toronto on Tuesday for a specialty hospital that provides care for people living with HIV and at risk.

    Art With Heart, now in its 29th year, drew approximately 500 people to the Art Gallery of Ontario. The fundraising effort, which is both a silent and live auction, benefits Casey House, which provides a combination of inpatient, outpatient and community services downtown.

    The auction was held for the first time in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured approximately 75 works by Canadian artists. In 2020 it was a virtual fundraising event but not an auction, and in 2021 it was a hybrid event in which packages were sent to attendees.

    “People are really happy to be back at an art auction, at a party, doing good things for an organization that works very hard to support Torontonians in the city,” said Joanne Simons, CEO of Casey House, at CBC Toronto before the event.

    During the event, attendees viewed the art and then went up for the auction itself where there were two auctioneers dealing with the bids.

    Stephen Ranger, one of Casey House’s auctioneers and board member, said the event started out as a small party but has grown into a major fundraiser supported by many important Canadian artists.

    “It’s a pleasure to be back at a live auction,” Ranger said Tuesday. “To be back in person at the AGO is truly amazing. It’s a loud crowd, lots of drinks, lots of fun, lots of bidding, lots of art. It’s a lively band.”

    Stephen Ranger, one of Casey House’s auctioneers and board member, said: “It’s a pleasure to be back at a live auction. To be back in person at the AGO is truly amazing. (Michael Aitkens/CBC)

    Ranger said artists who participate in the auction know their artwork is displayed appropriately. He added that philanthropy at the auction has a direct impact on people’s lives.

    “People relate to the energy of this event. They certainly relate to the Casey House cause and the work we do in our community,” he said.

    Artist Bidemi Oloyede, whose work was featured in the auction, said he explores individual identity in his art and photographs “people in our community as a way to solidify their identity in history. “. Photography provides immortality, he added, and his work means he creates a “massive archive” of photographs of people. He said he participated in the auction in 2019.

    “I try to give back to the community and help everyone I can help. And that’s one of the best avenues for that,” he said.

    Simons said the hospital is seeing more than 1,000 people, there has been more demand for the health care it provides since the pandemic, and people are coming in for a wide variety of services. The hospital recently opened a supervised consumption service for people with addiction issues, and it strives to be inclusive and non-judgmental, she said.

    “We really try to treat people like humans and not think about their illness so much as who they are as a person and how we can support them,” she said.

    On its website, Casey House states, “We are Canada’s first and only hospital for people living with and at risk of HIV, and we have a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to health and wellness.

    “Building on a legacy of advocacy and social justice, we are actively dismantling barriers to care and safe living,” the website says.

    “We provide a community and a sense of belonging that connects people to care. The humanity of each client is at the heart of everything we do.”

    AIDS Walk Los Angeles, themed “Be All Over It”, takes to the streets of West Hollywood Sun, 16 Oct 2022 11:50:00 +0000

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNS) — The 38th annual AIDS Walk of Los Angeles returned to the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday with the theme “Be All Over It.”

    The march was carried out on a virtual basis the previous two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    “We’re done talking. We’re done with people living with HIV going unsupported. We’re done with the assault on our rights that’s unfolding across the country,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO from APLA Health. “We’re calling on individuals and organizations who are fed up to come up with a plan to ‘be everywhere’ with us and show the world that you’ll no longer be silent on the issues you care about.”

    The walk supports APLA Health and other HIV/AIDS service organizations in Los Angeles County. APLA Health is a multi-site operation, which includes eight federally licensed health centers, serving more than 18,000 people in Los Angeles County each year, according to Craig Bowers, director of marketing and external affairs for APLA. Health.

    The approximately 2-mile walk began at 9 a.m. in West Hollywood Park, heading north to Santa Monica Boulevard, east to La Cienega Boulevard, then reversing direction and heading to west to Doheny Drive, east to San Vicente Boulevard, and south to West Hollywood Park.

    AIDS Walk Los Angeles was the world’s first fundraising walk to benefit organizations fighting AIDS. It first took place in 1985, starting on the grounds of Paramount Pictures and continuing through the streets of Hollywood.

    The march moved to West Hollywood due to security concerns following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was held in downtown Los Angeles from 2016 to 2019.

    Since its inception, the walk has raised more than $92 million, Bowers said.

    APLA Health provides 20 different services, including medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialist care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and the detection and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

    PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, the administration of antiviral drugs to prevent HIV/AIDS.

    APLA Health also provides housing assistance, food, benefits counselling, home health care and other services to people living with and affected by AIDS and HIV.

    APLA Health also advocates for policies and legislation that positively impact LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conducts community-based research on issues affecting the communities it serves.

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