Archive for July, 2013

Women and AIDS around the world

Women and AIDS around the world

  • 24th July 2013
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Since the time of the first diagnosis in 1981, there have been over 30 million lives lost to the AIDS epidemic. Whereas stigma and discrimination once led people to believe mistakenly that this was a “gay disease,” recent statistics reveal that women account for over half of HIV infections worldwide. Furthermore, research shows that the vast majority of HIV infections for women are transmitted through heterosexual intercourse. Keeping that in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to share an infographic about women and AIDS designed by our friend, Dalene Joubert, over at HealthforHer. In this infographic, Dalene correctly points out that women are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS around the world. She also highlights some of the unique challenges faced by women and girls, including cultural expectations and gender inequality. “Image and perception have a lot of influence over how people engage in society. We live in…
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AID FOR AIDS and Parsons the New School for Design partner for third annual holiday card design competition

AID FOR AIDS and Parsons the New School for Design partner for third annual holiday card design competition

  • 18th July 2013
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New York, July 19, 2013 – Today, we are very happy to announce the launch of the Third Annual AID FOR AIDS Holiday Card Design Competition! For the past three years AID FOR AIDS (AFA) and Parsons design students have teamed up to create unique holiday cards, with all proceeds going to support the life-saving work of AFA.  Sales from the cards help to combat HIV and at the same time showcase the immense talent found at Parsons The New School for Design. We are so thrilled to be holding the competition again this year! As part of the competition we are looking for submissions that range anywhere from corporate and traditional to adventurous and lively.  AFA’s theme for the year is “An AIDS-Free Generation,” which we would like to see reflected in the cards as well.   Submissions must be received no later than September 20th. A panel of three…
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Workshops in Panama empower families affected by HIV

Workshops in Panama empower families affected by HIV

  • 17th July 2013
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As part of AID FOR AIDS’ mission to educate, train and empower individuals around the world in comprehensive prevention, the Access to Treatment Program Coordinator, Eduardo Hernández, recently traveled for the first time to our satellite office in Panama. The purpose of his trip was to carry out a series of workshops and dialogues with children, adults, and families affected, either directly or indirectly, by the HIV epidemic. The dialogues covered a range of topics to promote open discussion among participants regarding adherence to treatment. In addition, participants were encouraged to share personal experiences and open up about the struggles they face in their day-to-day lives. At the end of the series, children and adults with HIV, along with their families, left feeling more empowered and supported by their community of peers and loved ones. Eduardo, who has worked in the Access to Treatment Program at AID FOR AIDS for…
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Mr. George Fesser and Mr. Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin dedicate their nuptials to AID FOR AIDS

Mr. George Fesser and Mr. Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin dedicate their nuptials to AID FOR AIDS

  • 12th July 2013
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AID FOR AIDS is very fortunate to have the amazing support of so many committed individuals that make it possible for us to continue our life-saving mission. Among some of our most faithful supporters we are very proud to include two outstanding men: Mr. George Fesser and Mr. Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin.These two very special friends of the organization have demonstrated their unwavering support for our cause for over a decade. As they prepare to join their lives in marriage, they have demonstrated their remarkable generosity once again by dedicating the most special day of their lives to AID FOR AIDS. In lieu of gifts, George and JC are asking friends and family to make donations in their honor to AID FOR AIDS via this page. The ceremony will take place on September 21, 2013, at the New York City Council Chambers. We would like to extend a huge thank you…
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AFA Trains leaders in our prevention program

AFA Trains leaders in our prevention program

  • 11th July 2013
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AID FOR AIDS International trains the next generation of leaders in New York to spread its message of HIV prevention and empowerment in the "Cuanto Sabes?" (How Much Do You Know about HIV and AIDS?) Workshop. To learn more about our prevention program click here.
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AFA mourns the passing of Colombian activist, Javier Leonardo Varón

AFA mourns the passing of Colombian activist, Javier Leonardo Varón

  • 8th July 2013
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AID FOR AIDS mourns the loss of Javier Leonardo Varón, an activist who transcended the borders of his home country, Colombia, to become one of the most committed fighters in the struggle for access to treatment and the pioneer social watchdog on drug safety in his country. We are certain that Javier Leonardo’s legacy will live on, and he will continue to be with us in the energy and enthusiasm of our work to improve the quality of life of people with HIV throughout the region of Latin America and the rest of the world. We share our deepest condolences for his family, and at the same time we take this opportunity to celebrate the life and work of each one of our friends, like Javier Leonardo, who have passed on before us. We will see you again soon, Javier Leonardo! In solidarity with the family, friends and activists throughout…
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AID FOR AIDS proud to be a part of history in NYC Pride March

AID FOR AIDS proud to be a part of history in NYC Pride March

  • 2nd July 2013
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The theme of the 44th Annual NYC Pride March was “Rain to Rainbows,” and we were very lucky this year to have more rainbows than rain at the parade! Over 50 volunteers joined the AID FOR AIDS crew to march with us for an AIDS free generation and dance atop our specially designed float. The float, which was decorated with a giant globe, magenta balloons, and dark blue paint with a bright yellow trim, was based off the AID FOR AIDS tee shirt designed by Cristina Bocaranda. Also, the float featured banners prominently displaying our new logo to highlight the organization’s recent rebranding efforts. This year’s Pride March was especially important in the history of LGBT rights in the US, and civil rights more generally. With Edie Windsor as one of the three Grand Marshalls of the parade, we were celebrating her recent victory in the landmark Supreme Court case,…
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