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Thank you for your continued support!

WordPress-Donations-thank-you-note-in-every-language-flickr-creative-commons-440x300Happy 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!

Nicola Walker

New Tools from the Affordable Care Act — it’s Impact on those Living with HIV

Please see the following important story on how the Affordable Care Act impacts those with pre-existing health conditions including HIV/AIDS.

The Men Who Want 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.

Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico

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 hereel_machismo_mata1

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs and the link to heroin



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.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is September 18

Please see this important article on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.

Dental patients diagnosed with HIV/Hepatitis

thCA5ZIEQXBeing aware of HIV/Hepatitis risks are very important while under care of any medical treatments or procedures.

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.



Older & Wiser


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.

The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS


Improving Access to Coverage

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.

HIV/AIDS & Socioeconomic Status

Socioeconomic status (SES) is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation.

SES impacts the Lives of People with HIV/AIDS

  • A lack of socioeconomic resources is linked to the practice of riskier health behaviors, which can lead to the contraction of HIV.
  • Among women, lower social standing and the experience of life stress are associated with riskier sexual practices.
  • Unstable housing has been linked to risk for HIV infection, including IV drug use and unsafe sexual behaviors.
  • Lack of socioeconomic resources is also associated with risk factors for neuropsychiatric dysfunction, such as exposure to environmental toxins and injuries.

HIV status Affects SES

SES affects Treatment

SES affects HIV Treatment


Click  here  to read article.