Happy New Year! Well 2014 is upon us and on behalf of the S.H.A.P.E. partnership I thank you for the continued support of our blog and project! Since we began the blog in 2010 it has been a fantastic journey. Our main goal was to get up to date, important information out to the community about HIV, Substance Abuse and older minorities. We accomplished that goal!
Unfortunately, we did not receive funding to sustain the S.H.A.P.E. project at full capacity beyond October 2013. This means that all the phenomenal Outreach Workers/Writers who maintained our blog are no longer with us. But we did not want you to think your support and comments went unnoticed! We appreciate the genuine feedback and comments over the years. As we seek and establish new funding to continue educating the community on HIV, Substance Abuse and Hepatitis C we will keep our supporters in mind and informed. In the meantime, get educated, get tested and know your HIV and Hepatitis C status! By educating yourself the life you save could be your own!
Let’s continue to make a difference together!
Please see the following important story on how the Affordable Care Act impacts those with pre-existing health conditions including HIV/AIDS.
As written by the staff at POZ: The premise is that some young homeless men–desperate for shelter and food–intentionally get HIV to develop AIDS so they can qualify for government assistance.
This cruel paradox — having to get really sick in order to enjoy a better, more comfortable life — has not gone unnoticed. “I have experienced people [who are] grateful that they have HIV,” says Sage Rivera, a research associate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has worked with hundreds of LGBT youth. “It’s sort of like a sigh of relief or an extra boost,” he says. “There are a whole bunch of different names for HIV within the [LGBT] community: ‘the monster,’ ‘the kitty,’ ‘the scratch,’ ‘the gift that keeps on giving.’ So people say, ‘I have the kitty — so now I can get my place. Now I can get hooked up; I can get my food stamps, I can get this, I can get that.’
Read more about this attention-grabbing headline by Out magazine.
This is something we talk about all the time when we have workshops with the Latina/Hispanic women of our community! It doesn’t just happen in Mexico but it’s happening here in the US too! It’s not new information but certainly can be something that we become more comfortable talking about and a topic we can bring more awareness to.
Posted by Natasha Hakimi: Selfish, misogynist and uninformed acts have led to many women contracting HIV from their husbands and then being forced to live with the social stigma accompanied with a disease viewed as a result of sexual deviance. On top of this, sexual education campaigns are thwarted due to discrimination and conservatism prevalent in rural Mexico, areas that suffers the most from this combination of machismo and vulnerability to viruses.
Read the article here
There’s a new report out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically. Please see the entire news release here.
Please see this important article on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
This is what happened in a Dental Clinic this year in the United States. CLICK HERE to read about patients who where exposed to HIV and Hepatitis by their Dentist.
GREAT STORY BY POZ!
Older and Wiser, 3 longtime survivors with HIV share their stories.
Check out the video you aren’t able to see if you read this months magazine front cover of POZ.
Currently, fewer than one in five (17%) people living with HIV has private insurance and nearly 30% do not have any coverage. Medicaid, the Federal-state program that provides health care benefits to people with low incomes and those living with disabilities, is a major source of coverage for people living with HIV/AIDS, as is Medicare, the Federal program for seniors and people with disabilities. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is another key source of funding for health and social services for this population.
Read the article The Affordable Care Act Helps People Living with HIV/AIDS by the CDC.
Socioeconomic status (SES) is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation.
SES impacts the Lives of People with HIV/AIDS
HIV status Affects SES
SES affects Treatment
SES affects HIV Treatment
Click here to read article.