Archive for July, 2012

AID FOR AIDS Awarded Generous Grant From Coca-Cola Foundation

AID FOR AIDS Awarded Generous Grant From Coca-Cola Foundation

  • 31st July 2012
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NEW YORK – As AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) continues to grow as an organization, so does our list of supporters. This month, we are thrilled to add to that list the Coca-Cola Foundation, who has awarded us a major grant to further develop our existing programs. Specifically, this grant funding will go towards the ¿Cuánto Sabes de VIH y Sida? (How Much Do You Know About HIV and AIDS?) Program. ¿Cuánto Sabes? is an HIV primary prevention effort that targets teenagers across the developing nations of Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on a peer-as-educator model, the program provides young people with the tools and information needed to become leaders and agents of change in their communities.  Currently operating in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela, ¿Cuánto Sabes? represents a fresh and highly effective approach to reach thousands of adolescents with messages to help prevent the spread of HIV…
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Estigma y turismo sexual mantienen RD en segundo lugar VIH/Sida en el Caribe

Estigma y turismo sexual mantienen RD en segundo lugar VIH/Sida en el Caribe

  • 26th July 2012
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WASHINGTON. El estigma, la falta de educación sobre el VIH/Sida y el turismo sexual son algunas de las razones por las que República Dominicana se mantiene como el segundo país del Caribe con más casos de infectados por el virus. Con más de 60 mil personas viviendo con VIH (de cerca de 10 millones de habitantes), según datos del Copresida, República Dominicana ocupa el segundo puesto después de Haití, nación que tiene más de 120 mil casos. Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, se estiman unas 34 millones de personas viviendo con el VIH (Virus de la Inmunodeficiencia Humana) en el planeta. “Se puede dar el caso de que sea el extranjero quien traiga el virus. La infección puede ocurrir entre turismo de hombre con hombre, mujeres con mujeres y mujeres con hombres. También, ocurre que a veces cuando una gente recibe dinero por sexo, no tiene la posibilidad…
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Second Annual HIV Medicine Drive

Second Annual HIV Medicine Drive

  • 25th July 2012
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Come join AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) from August 1st-17th, as we commence our Second Annual HIV Medicine Drive in support of our HIV Medicine Recycling Program. The HIV epidemic affects 34 million people around the world. Today there are various forms of antiretroviral therapy (ARV) to help improve the quality of life, however, it has shown to be an expensive form of treatment for those in developing nations. Since 1996, AFAI’s HIV Medicine Recycling program has collected over $85 million in recycled medication to redistribute them to those living with HIV or AIDS and have no access to treatment, in more than 39 countries.  Want an easy way to learn how the program works? Click here to see an infographic The HIV Medicine Drive, now in its second year, helps AFAI raise awareness about its recycling program, as well as, increase HIV medicine donations. All donated medications go towards…
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Dominican Ambasador celebrates Work of AFAI and LCOA

Dominican Ambasador celebrates Work of AFAI and LCOA

  • 23rd July 2012
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Ambassador Aníbal de Castro of the Dominican Republic, AID FOR AIDS International and the Latino Commission on AIDS Host a Reception to Welcome Participants of the XIX International AIDS Conference Sunday, July 22, 2012. Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Aníbal de Castro, AID FOR AIDS International and the Latino Commission on AIDS hosted a reception last night celebrating the opening of the XIX International AIDS Conference. In attendance were over 120 representatives from the private sector, city, state and federal government agencies, UN AIDS, the Pan American Health Organization, and local and national AIDS organizations. Also in the audience was Stefanía Fernández, Miss Universe 2009. The event took place in the Ambassador’s residence where Laura Messina, daughter of former Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Milton Messina, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. His Excellency Aníbal de Castro was presented with a recognition from AID for AIDS International…
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New York City at the International AIDS Conference

New York City at the International AIDS Conference

  • 17th July 2012
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Hispanic organizations are gearing up to participate in the XIX International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington. New York City. – With less than two weeks before the beginning of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C., several Latino organizations in New York City are gearing up for this historic event. Given that the Big Apple is the national epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the US, and because Hispanics are the most affected community, this conference is of vital importance for local groups working on education, information and HIV prevention. “Latinos represent almost 30% of the population of New York and 32% of all cases of HIV and AIDS. This means that there are around 33,000 Latinos who have been diagnosed, of the nearly 100,000 people with HIV, according to the New York City Department of Health,” says Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission…
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Hispanic/Latino Hiv & Aids Organizations Call For A Campaign To Honor The XIX Annual Conference

Hispanic/Latino Hiv & Aids Organizations Call For A Campaign To Honor The XIX Annual Conference

  • 17th July 2012
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Washington D.C. Tuesday, July 17, 2012.  Today, a few days before the official opening of the XIX Annual International AIDS Conference, AID FOR AIDS International, La Clínica del Pueblo, the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and the Latino Commission on AIDS joined forces in a call for unity and solidarity amongst Hispanic/Latino HIV & AIDS organizations and service providers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. These three leading HIV/AIDS organizations are joining in a unified campaign, “United against AIDS/Unidos contra el SIDA” in honor of the global AIDS community gathering in Washington, DC from July 20th to the 27th. “It is remarkable that the District of Columbia has been chosen to host the AIDS 2012 Conference.  The Latino community in the District is deeply impacted by HIV; this conference will help us develop a strategy that will mark the start of the end of HIV and AIDS. This…
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Marc Jacobs Continues Its Support Of Afai With The Launch Of Two New T-Shirt Designs

Marc Jacobs Continues Its Support Of Afai With The Launch Of Two New T-Shirt Designs

  • 12th July 2012
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NEW YORK (July 16, 2012) – After a successful first run and Marc Jacobs International’s continued commitment to AID FOR AIDS International, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new t-shirt collection custom designed by Marc Jacobs. These uniquely designed t-shirts will go on sale at Marc Jacobs retail locations and online (http://www.marcjacobs.com) on July 18th – just in time for the summer season. The retail price is $35, and all net proceeds ($19.05) from the t-shirt sale will go to support AFAI’s activities. This year’s designs are very dramatic and powerful, immediately catching the eye with striking images. Speaking to us about the message and design of the new t-shirts, the Marc Jacobs design team expressed: “we focused on delivering a strong, graphic message with a fresh feel.” Marc Jacobs International LLC has a long-standing commitment to the fight against the global HIV epidemic. The partnership between…
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AID FOR AIDS to attend the White House Forum on Hispanics/Latinos and HIV & AIDS

AID FOR AIDS to attend the White House Forum on Hispanics/Latinos and HIV & AIDS

  • 9th July 2012
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New York, NY.  July 9, 2012. AID FOR AIDS International will attend the White House Forum on Hispanics/Latinos and HIV & AIDS on July 10th, weeks before the XIX International AIDS Conference scheduled to take place in Washington, DC from July 22nd to the 27. This Forum, coordinated by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, will focus on several critical issues regarding the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that was launched in July 2010. Key topics addressed at the event include: research and programmatic investments on HIV and AIDS, strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination, capacity-building and technical assistance needs of organizations serving the Latino community, and best practices in the field, among others. AID FOR AIDS will be represented by its Executive Director, Jesus Aguais.
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Génesis Blanco – Learning to love myself

Génesis Blanco – Learning to love myself

  • 6th July 2012
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I came to AID FOR AIDS (AFA) when I was eight years old, thanks to a brochure handed to my mother at a time when we most needed it. Although it had been two years since my HIV diagnosis, the pain in my family was still intact. At AFA I met Trina María Aguais and I started to attend the “Children’s Program,” where they helped me stabilize my health situation through receiving important tools to use in my daily life and in the process of adhering to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. In addition, I attended various recreational activities organized for children in order to socialize with others and entertain myself. At the age of 11 I was trained as a Multiplier Agent for the prevention of HIV in the program, “How much do you know?” where I met the program director and AFA Director of Venezuela, Lupe Aguais. Through my participation…
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