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Take Action This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Project ABLE, a statewide coalition of AIDS service providers, advocates and people with HIV/AIDS, is commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day this year with its first Virtual Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 7. As proud members of Project ABLE, Fenway Health and AIDS Action Committee urge you to get involved and take action this Tuesday to fight HIV/AIDS and end racial health care disparities. According to the Department of Public Health, black residents in Massachusetts are diagnosed with HIV infection at ten times the rate of white populations. This disparity is unacceptable and must be combatted with renewed investment in 
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Governor Recommends Cutting Investment In HIV Prevention By $4.8 Million

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Gov. Charlie Baker has recommended cutting $4.8 million from the state’s investment in HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and outreach in his proposed FY2018 budget. The recommendation follows a $900,000 9C cut in HIV/AIDS prevention by the Gov. Baker to the current fiscal year’s budget. That would bring state funding for HIV/AIDS prevention to $28.3 million. According to the state’s most recent fact sheet on the HIV epidemic in Massachusetts, the percentage of people living with HIV in the state increases approximately three percent each year. “From 2000 to 2014, the number of people living with HIV infection increased by 56%. During 
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AIDS Action Committee Receives $200K Pfizer Grant To Expand Services For Injection Drug Users

By | AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, Needle Exchange Program | No Comments
As the state continues to grapple with an epidemic of opioid addiction that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives in just three years, AIDS Action Committee’s Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program is growing to meet an increased demand for services. A new street-based outreach program sends staff into the community to invite people who inject drugs to its drop-in centers. Staff can also provide services on the spot such as wound care, syringe exchange, and referrals to other services. AIDS Action was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from Pfizer, Inc. to support and expand this work. “Despite the continued surge 
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Governor’s 9C cuts could derail efforts to reduce new HIV infections

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
This week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $98 million in mid-year budget cuts to prepare for anticipated revenue shortfalls, with nearly $1 million being cut from the HIV/AIDS line item. AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino released the following statement in response: “The governor’s mid-year budget cuts could not come at a worse time for the state’s HIV prevention efforts. Initiatives to educate the public about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an HIV prevention tool that holds extraordinary promise, are just beginning to gain traction. The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, which is made up of organizations from every region of the 
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Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition releases plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, led by the AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health, and over 35 supporting organizations from the six health regions of the Commonwealth, today released a plan to end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. The plan seeks to ensure that by 2020, 90 percent of those living with HIV are aware of their status; 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are treated with antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of those receiving antiretroviral treatment are virally suppressed. It is modeled on the Getting to Zero new HIV infections plan created by the Joint United Nations Programme on 
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