Amirah Sequeira: Want a Youth Movement to #EndAIDS? Invest in Organizing.

It’s not just putting up billboards about overcoming stigma or the need to get tested.

It’s not just funding support groups and community based HIV prevention programs.

It’s not just sponsoring a film tour so that young people can learn about the history of AIDS activism.

It’s organizers on campuses and in clinics with clipboards taking names.

It’s countless follow-up calls and emails, Facebook chats and twitter conversations.

It’s teaching young people the ins and outs of the policies that address the epidemic.

It’s skills building in birddogging and media relations and storytelling.

It’s teaching the large numbers of young people who care about global health that global health is political - and teaching the large communities of social justice activists that HIV is a social justice issue as well.

POZ is now seeking nominations for the 2014 POZ 100!


This year, we’re looking for HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals under 30. We want young, unsung heroes who are making a difference in the fight, however they can.


Deadline: August 8th! To apply/nominate, click here, email poz100@poz.com or call Cassidy @ 212-938-2052. If you make it, you’ll be featured in our December 2014 issue.

HIV Prevention Interventions: A Big Turnoff for Youths?

New research states the obvious: When young people feel pressured or coerced to make lifestyle or behavioral changes, they’re not going to attend your multi-step interventions. Fear, guilt, threats to their autonomy and alienation won’t work.

So, let’s change our HIV outreach model.

HIV and Opioid Epidemics Chart Similar Paths1) They both affect young people who are otherwise healthy. 2) They both cause people to face huge amounts of social stigma. 3) This stigma then compromises care. 4) And the death rates for the two epidemics are shockingly similar.
Researchers are now asking, ‘Can we use the same HIV human-rights approach we used in the 80’s for opioid addicts, or will they get left behind?’

HIV and Opioid Epidemics Chart Similar Paths

1) They both affect young people who are otherwise healthy. 2) They both cause people to face huge amounts of social stigma. 3) This stigma then compromises care. 4) And the death rates for the two epidemics are shockingly similar.

Researchers are now asking, ‘Can we use the same HIV human-rights approach we used in the 80’s for opioid addicts, or will they get left behind?’

HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into CareBetween 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.

HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into Care

Between 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.

Is HIV Stigma Getting Better or Worse?
To the surprise of researchers in this new study, people living with HIV who are younger than 50 suffer from greater levels of stress and isolation than the older generation. Apparently older folks tend to get on better through social networks developed through the years, while younger folks say the blame game is often at play in their communities. Thoughts?

Is HIV Stigma Getting Better or Worse?

To the surprise of researchers in this new study, people living with HIV who are younger than 50 suffer from greater levels of stress and isolation than the older generation. Apparently older folks tend to get on better through social networks developed through the years, while younger folks say the blame game is often at play in their communities. Thoughts?