Using Our Competencies and Compassion to Defeat HIV

Elena Thomas Faulkner, JSI, shares how this year’s USCA challenges us to move forward in the fight against HIV “with new hope and energy” and why we must remember that we can’t eliminate HIV without continuing to address the stigma and challenges that have nothing to do with the exciting emerging science of HIV treatment. The focus on the most vulnerable, and the competencies, compassion, and advocacy that have brought us this far in the fight are just as important as we move toward a future in which HIV is defeated.

The Nexus of HIV Prevention and Care

Arguing, bantering, and…throwing paper balls at each other?! Read more from Juli Powers about one HIV care strategy session at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference, and why things are different this year.

Youth, Mobile, and Health at Sex::Tech 2011

Mobile health is a hot topic. Youth want to access health information quickly and easily, especially when it comes to HIV. This could be anything from learning what HIV is, to answering a question about how it’s transmitted, to finding an HIV testing site nearby. And youth can (and do!) do this with cell phones. Mindy Nichamin at JSI writes about AIDS.gov’s participation in two recent conferences: Sex::Tech and Mobile Health 2011.

A Tale of 2 Integrations: Addressing Mental Health Needs of PLHIV

Melissa Sharer writes about two service models in Vietnam and Uganda — one integrating HIV into mental health services, the other integrating mental health into HIV services. What did we learn when visiting both these sites a world away? People living with HIV (PLHIV) benefit from services that recognize how mental health and physical well-being work together to improve quality of life. Depression and anxiety are just as common among people living with HIV as those without. And when service providers are armed with skills in both mental health and HIV, they can offer holistic, much-needed support to PLHIV.

Coffee, Popcorn, Soup and HIV: Reducing vulnerability to malnutrition and food insecurity among households affected by HIV in Ethiopia

It is 11:00 a.m. at the antiretroviral therapy (ART) unit of Gandhi Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Women have been arriving slowly over the last two hours for their monthly coffee ceremony discussion. The reception area is transformed—condoms and pamphlets swept off the table to make way for a colorful tablecloth and a bowl of flowers. Popcorn is popping, coffee brewing, and the aromas of coffee, popcorn, and incense mingle in the air. Smiles appear on the women’s faces as they enter the room and rekindle their monthly friendships.

Be Heard! Gay men and other MSM in the HIV pandemic

Organized by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the MSM Pre-Conference presented high-level speakers (the leaders of the Global Fund, UNAIDS, AIDS-Free World) who affirmed that the broader global response to the HIV & AIDS would not forget about men who have sex with men (MSM). Johns Hopkins’ Chris Beyrer presented new models that described the impact of investments in HIV prevention programming for MSM, showing in each case (Thailand, Ukraine, Peru, and Kenya) that such investments would turn the trajectories of their national epidemics. Concurrent workshops addressed a range of issues, including funding, community action, prevention, research, advocacy, and access to treatment and care.