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Let communities lead: Thirteen AIDS Funding Collaborative grantees to know

“Too often, communities are treated by decision-makers as problems to be managed, instead of being recognized and supported as leaders. Communities are not in the way; they light the way to the end of AIDS.” ~ Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director, 2023 World AIDS Day Report Around the world, 39 million people are living with...

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HIV Funding – A Legacy Worth Protecting

The GOP-led Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has proposed a series of devastating reductions in funding for programs intended to combat HIV/AIDS, including eliminating all $220 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) portion of the Ending the HIV...

Everyone has an HIV status
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Everyone has an HIV status

It’s June. Time for your whole self to come out of hiding. If you are like most Americans, you have noticed that it’s Pride Month. Did you know that National HIV Testing Day (#NHTD) is also coming up? Not-so-coincidentally, NHTD 2023 is on June 27th – the day prior to the anniversary of the Stonewall...

Community partners key to equity in mpox vaccine access
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Community partners key to equity in mpox vaccine access

Last fall, we watched friends and loved ones face the outbreak of an infectious disease that was then called monkeypox (now referred to by the less stigmatizing term “mpox”), fearing a repeat of the pattern of restricted resources, misinformation, and medical mistrust that hits hardest in Black and Brown communities. Fortunately, we already had a...

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AIDS Funding Collaborative announces 2019 grants

In October the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) awarded $361,012 in grants to six Cuyahoga County organizations that will use the funds for HIV/AIDS-related service provision and prevention programming.  Throughout its 25-year history, the AFC has invested nearly $13 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services, awareness activities and prevention efforts in Cuyahoga County. The AFC called for...