It's time for a round up of some of the announcements that have come into my inbox over the month. Just a few news updates to keep you in the loop with HIV in DC and beyond.
- The DC Department of Health, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and the Department of Recreation has launched a new social marketing campaign called #ShowOff to promote healthy outcomes and self-awareness for youth. It's mission is to advocate for an HIV-free generation of youth in the District. In a focus group study, DOH found that many DC youth are aware of how the virus is transmitted and how to prevent it. The rub is how to negotiate safe sex practices. This Saturday, November 2nd there will be a celebration of the completion of the #ShowOff mural. The mural is at Safeway Food Store at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Taylor Street NW. The event begins at 3 pm.
- Speaking of youth, there is an all call for Youth Ambassadors for the upcoming 2014 National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Advocates for Youth is looking for energetic young leaders who can help promote messages of prevention, treatment, care, and youth empowerment. Do you have what it takes? Then apply away!! Click here to download the application.
- The Fourth Annual International Conference on Stigma will take place on Friday, November 22nd at Howard University. This free conference offers information, workshops, training, and guests speakers including Joxel García from the District’s Department of Health and Jeanne White Ginder, AIDS activist and mother of Ryan White. Topics include youth, HIV Criminalization, health literacy, and stigma surrounding mental health. Click here to get more information, register and donate.
- Unless you've been living on another planet for the past 60 days, you know that the Affordable Care Act has been all the buzz. Website glitches aside this law is going to be very helpful for people living with HIV/AIDS. Check out the blog from ADAP Advocacy Association regarding the Affordable Care Act Crystal Ball.
Stay tuned for more info about other events in the DC area regarding HIV/AIDS. That's all folks!