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Take Action This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
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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Massachusetts PrEP Drug Assistance Program Now Open Statewide

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a proven tool for drastically reducing an individual’s risk of HIV infection. Unfortunately, this daily pill – also commonly known as Truvada – can be cost prohibitive, especially for those without health insurance. To make this life-saving drug available to all who need it, a statewide Drug Assistance Program (DAP) is now available across Massachusetts to income-eligible residents. Piloted by the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), the PrEP DAP covers the costs of medication co-pays and deductibles for clients who have insurance and provides financial assistance for accessing PrEP to uninsured individuals, including insurance enrollment assistance. 
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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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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Health Disparities

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February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to recommit to ending HIV/AIDS stigma, increasing testing, and fighting health care disparities in black communities. While new HIV/AIDS infections in general have decreased significantly in recent years, black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and cisgender women still face wide disparities in terms of HIV/AIDS preventative care, testing, and virus management. According to the CDC, black Americans account for 45% of total new HIV infections, 40% of new infections among men, 62% of new infections among women, and 64% of new infections among children. Young black 
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The Fenway Institute Helps Develop Model Of HIV Care For Transgender Women In Peru

By | HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute, Trans, Women's Health | No Comments
More than 100 transgender women in Lima, Peru, have joined an amfAR-funded study that aims to determine if combining HIV prevention and treatment with gender-affirming medical care will help these women access health services and remain in care. Transgender women have the highest prevalence of HIV in Peru—30 percent in Lima, according to one study, yet the least access to services. “Stigma and discrimination are powerful barriers that prevent transgender women from participating in society,” said principal investigator Dr. Javier Lama of Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA), a nonprofit that conducts HIV/AIDS research. “The staff of most public 
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