Oakland Observance: Saturday, May 18, 2013
May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV.
In recent years, the number of diagnoses of HIV infection among Asians has increased while the number of diagnoses among Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders has remained stable. In 2010, an estimated 814 Asians were diagnosed with HIV infection (a 5% increase from 744 in 2007), and 64 Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders were diagnosed with HIV infection (compared to 67 in 2007) in the 46 states* with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting. Those diagnosed represent 1.9% of the 47,129 diagnoses in 2010.
To raise awareness about the impact of HIV on these populations, National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events are held nationwide on or around May 19. The theme for 2012 is "Saving face can't make you safe”. Talk about HIV—for me, for you, for everyone." Saving face is a common cultural norm among Asian and Pacific Islanders that contributes to silence around talking about sex, HIV, and safer sex practices.
Oakland Event Details:
Date: May 18, 2013
Time: 8:30am to 12.30pm.
Attending guest speakers will include:
Mayor Jean Quan
Erica Pan, M.D., Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control & Prevention at the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)
Kabir Hypolite, J.D., Director of Office of AIDS at the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)
Sophy Wong, M.D., Medical Director of HIV ACCESS at the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)
A “Strike a Pose! Yogathon” is going to take place, led by four professional yoga instructors. Through a series of yoga poses, 150 participants will raise funds for Asian Health Services' HIV program. While the observance is free, the Yogathon costs $10.00.
For information contact: www.cdc.gov/features/APIHIVAwareness/or www.banyantreeproject.org/
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to "Share Knowledge. Take Action." The nationwide observance held each March 10 sheds light on the disease's often overlooked impact on women and girls and empowers people to make a difference.
Why observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?
HIV/AIDS is a crisis epidemic and public health issue in the United States. Women of all ages contract HIV/AIDS and they account for approximately 24 percent of all HIV diagnoses. Today, women represent a large share of new HIV infections than they did earlier in the epidemic, with nearly 280,000 women living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Women of color are particularly affected, as they account for two-thirds (64%) of new AIDS diagnoses among women in 2010.
Oakland's Women and Girl's Awareness Day Rally on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm on the steps of Oakland City Hall. This event is a benefit to promote empowerment and action through HIV testing, counseling and information of HIV treatment and care. Sponsored by four community organizations; AIDS Project of the Eastbay (APEB), California Prositutes Education Project (CAL-PEP), HIV Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC) and Women Empowered to Respond to Life Threating Disease (WORLD. The rally will promote female self empowerment through action. Enjoy speakers, performances, DJ and food. For information contact (510 874-7850).
BayCares“TestforaTicket”(T4T),On Sunday, March 10, youth ages 14-24 will have an opportunity to take the one- minute test for HIV. Those who receive their results will receive free admission to a Hip Hop Concert. This event will be held at the Fox Theatre from 3 pm to 6:30 pm (doors open at 1:30). Entertaiment will include local musicians, entertainers, spoken work performers, dancers and visual artists. Bay Cares initiative, a partnership of Bay Area community nonprofit, business and government organizations who are collaborating to reach youth and reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS is sponsoring the event. For information call Get Screened Oakland 238-7657.
The 3rd Annual Women Deliver Conference will take place May 28 - 30, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pangaea and AIDS ALLIANCE will co-organize the HIV and AIDS Track. The Women Deliver Conference presents a strategic opportunity to analyse the HIV epidemic from the perspective of delivering for women’s health. In the last 30 years of the epidemic we have made significant gains in access to HIV/AIDS treatment and declines in HIV prevalence in some regions, yet more women and girls are being newly infected with HIV than ever before. Promising new technologies and research show that there is great potential to end new HIV transmissions within a generation, but this will not happen unless the needs of women and girls and key behavioural/social interventions are central to the AIDS response.
Shaping the Health of Adolescent Girls in Zimbabwe (SHAZ!) seeks to understand and address the social and economic factors driving this unequal risk in Zimbabwe. It employs a participatory research process with stakeholders in Chitungwiza and Epworth, urban/peri-urban areas outside of Harare.
SHAZ! addresses the risks faced by young women in girls due to gender and economic inequalities by improving their economic livelihoods and abilities to negotiate abstinence or safer sex. It aims to empower young women and girls to avoid infection with HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation celebrated the 2012 World AIDS Week to honor the leadership of communities here in Oakland and around the world in the fight against HIV – the virus causing AIDS. Our World AIDS Week activities included an informational fundraising event with Oaklandish, as well as an event with participatory and educational activities hosted by St. Columba Church. Pangaea would like to express sincere gratitude to those who attended and helped coordinate these World AIDS Week events. Please visit our photo galleries to view selected photographs taken from these events. We look forward to continuing our efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS throughout our local and global communities during the coming New Year.
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation invite to a report back session for the Oakland community about the 19th International AIDS Conference. This session is being organized by Join WORLD/Positive Women's Network and the Shadow City Coalition.
We will screen recorded sessions from AIDS 2012, share the latest science and policy updates and invite speakers to present their perspective on how to apply the shared knowledge from the conference with our local advocacy work in Oakland.
Featured speakers include:
Dr. Ifeoma Udoh, Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation
Dr. Marguerite Lightfoot, UCSF
Anne Donnelly, Project Inform
Dr. Alvan Quamina, AIDS Project of the East Bay
Matt Sharp, Independent consultant
Adriann McCall, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Loren Jones, U.S. Positive Women’s Network, Planning Council
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
WHERE: Oakland Asian Cultural Center; 388 9th St, #290; Oakland, CA 94607
RSVP: Space is limited. Please register at: http://oaklandaids2012reportback.eventbrite.com/
Continental breakfast and delicious hot lunch served.
Update October, 31st 2012:
On September 25, 2012, Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, along with its partners, CAL-PEP, La Clinica de la Raza, and the University of California, School of Public Health, and the Alameda County Public Health Department/Office of AIDS Administration held a Special Community Briefing to present the formative results of the Oakland Late Diagnosis Project, a project supported by the NIH/Office of AIDS Research.
There was overwhelming response from the community with over 60 individuals in attendance, and we want to thank all stakeholders, providers, affected communities and participants for their contribution, a dialogue which we hope will encourage further focus on this issue amongst Oakland most at risk communities.
Late stage diagnosis of HIV is a critical indicator of the need to employ new and innovative strategies to strengthen our testing-linkage-and retention in care interventions in Alameda County. The ongoing disparities which HIV/AIDS present in the African American and Latino/Hispanic communities must drive us all towards “Collective Action”, and with the newest technologies in HIV prevention and care, we have a tremendous opportunity to turn the tide of this epidemic here in Oakland.
The following are presentations shared at the September 25th event:
• Results of the Late Diagnosis Study (English)
• Results of the Late Diagnosis Study (Spanish)
• HIV Testing Trends in Alameda County
• State of the HIV Epidemic in Alameda County
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening disease (WORLD), CAL-PEP, AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB), and Alameda County office of AIDS invite you to:
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Alameda County: an important discussion and dialogue with updates from Dawn Smith from the Centers for Disease Control and a facilitated discussion with Ifeoma Udoh, Research Director at Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation.
When: Tuesday August 14th, 2012 from 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Alameda County Office of AIDS, Large Conference Room, 1000 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Oakland
We look forward to seeing you there.
The conference theme, “Turning the Tide Together”, reflects a unique moment in time, emphasizing that the HIV epidemic has reached a defining moment. By acting decisively on recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention, the momentum for a cure, and the continuing evidence of the ability to scale-up key interventions in the most-needed settings, we now have the potential to end the HIV epidemic.
Capturing the current sense of hope and the renewed optimism that a change of course in the epidemic is possible, “Turning the Tide Together” also serves as an urgent call to action. It acknowledges that seizing this potential and actually turning the tide on HIV and AIDS will require commitment and action on many levels: that each and every stakeholder in the HIV and AIDS response must play their role.
“Turning the Tide Together” evokes both the scale of the task in hand and the power of AIDS 2012 to mobilize governments, NGOs, policy makers, scientists, civil society organizations, journalists and people living with HIV to join forces and build the necessary momentum to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS.
When: Friday April 27th, 2012 - 10am-12pm
Location: International Center for Research on Women, 1120 20th Street NW, Suite 500N, Washington DC 20036
Gender-responsive programming is a critical element of reaching HIV and AIDS development targets that address gender norms such as gender-based violence, stigma and access to HIV prevention and treatment. While advances have been made in this area, challenges in country-level implementation exist. This interactive seminar will present both global and country gender priorities through three presentations, and will elicit discussion and feedback on next steps for implementing gender responsive programs in-country: what is needed and what are the next steps?