On this World AIDS Day, we both mourn the loss of those who have died from HIV/AIDS over the last 35 years and the lovers, friends and family left behind, as well as celebrate the ongoing successes in responding to HIV such as:
The Office of AIDS is focused on ending the epidemics, recognizing the intertwined relationship between HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C. We hold a vision of sexual health and nurturing the health of those who use drugs. It is clear that a harm reduction approach is critical to helping those who have been judged negatively and not received optimum healthcare services because they are active drug users.
We are working to meet the federal goal of reducing new HIV infections by 75 percent in the next five years, and by 90 percent in the next ten years. This will require new and innovative approaches, not more of the same. It will require the collaboration of community organizations providing HIV services as well as those who provide other services, such as housing, SNAP, mental health, and employment assistance. We will continue to ensure access to medical care and medicines for all people living with HIV, as well as providing financial assistance for people who otherwise could not afford PrEP. Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do!
My wish is that today, all people living with HIV have pride in being strong, resilient people, ready to help someone whose shame and despair is disrupting self-care and seeking medical care. For the men and women, both younger and older using PrEP, be proud of choosing to protect yourself and working to avoid HIV infection. I hope that more young gay men, especially young gay men of color protect themselves, including considering PrEP as an option.
The next 5 to 10 years will see even more progress, but let us not forget that the progress to date is due to the thousands of men and women, HIV positive and HIV negative who have been effected by HIV and contributed to ending the HIV Epidemic, and now working to end HIV and Hepatitis C, and to make a U-turn from the increasing rates of STDs to lowering the number of people with STDs over the next five years.
Thank you and please take time today to remember how much progress has been made from the emergence of a fatal disease to the more preventable infection and chronic, manageable condition for those living with HIV that it is today.
NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN & ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportunity to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present.
There are 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the other federally recognized tribes are located in 35 other states. In Region 9 there are 150 federally-recognized tribes.
Additionally, there are state recognized tribes located throughout the United States recognized by their respective state governments.
HIV AMONG AMERICAN INDIANS/ALASKA NATIVES
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/ANs) communities have seen a 70% increase in new HIV infections among young Native men who have sex with men. Roughly one third of AI/ANs with HIV do not know that they have HIV. We know that without knowledge of their status, these individuals do not seek the medical care needed and available to support them. We also know that AI/ANs have one of the lowest life expectancies after an HIV diagnosis, which potentially points to the challenges related to HIV stigma, accessibility to consistent care, relevance of resources, and socioeconomic barriers these individuals and communities face.
Please join the Virtual Intercultural Diversity series to learn more.
Topic: Impact of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation & Challenges faced and Collaboration efforts
Speaker: Roselyn Tso, Area Director, Navajo Indian Health Service
Topic: American Indian/Alaska Native RADM Leadership Roundtable Panel: Lessons and Perspectives
Speakers: RADM Michael D. Weahkee, RADM Travis Watts and RADM (ret) Kevin Meeks
Topic: American Indian Health Equity in the 21st Century
Speaker: Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | ZOOM Meeting
6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Understanding Medicare Plans & Enrollment
Presented by Cesar Perez of the Bilhartz Desert Insurance Agency.
An ASL interpreter has not yet been scheduled for this meeting. Please let us know if you will require an interpreter.
Because Zoom bombing webinars has become a thing, Zoom now requires that all meeting attendees register in advance, use a password and a waiting room so that the moderator can control who joins the call. Apologies for this inconvenience, but if a meeting gets bombed, Zoomtotally shuts it down and we can't continue.
This is an easy one-time process – just follow the directions below. Please do this before the call in case you encounter any problems.
You'll need to complete a onetime registration in advance for this meeting, if you haven't already done so:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You'll only need to do this once, and after that you can just click on the link to enter the monthly meeting (unless you use a different device).
If you are having any challenges using the Zoom platform, please let us know and we can help troubleshoot and/or walk you through it. We want everyone who wants to participate to be able to do so.
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Future Positive Life Zoom Programs:
Oct 6 – Anal Health & You by DAP & the ANCHOR Study Team.
Nov 3 – Mental Health during COVID.
Dec 8 – Metabolic Issues in HIV (and Egrifta study) by Dr Dan Lee from UCSD.
Sponsored by HIV+Aging Research Project-Palm Springs.