Welcome to the final issue of the Black AIDS Weekly that we will publish in 2016.
From holding PrEP Summits around the nation, to covering the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, to honoring Lee Daniels and a host of other notables at the Heroes in the Struggle Award Ceremony, it has truly been an amazing year. For the next six weeks we will not publish the Black AIDS Weekly, but will instead turn the attention of our entire organization to grant-writing and other strategic activities. We will resume publication in time to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2017.
In this issue we close out the year by telling you about the AIDS 2016 community update that took place in Melbourne, Florida. Our friends at Kaiser Health News report on the State of California’s new “Getting to Zero” plan to increase surveillance and access to care and eliminate treatment disparities. We also important new research about the increase in multidrug resistance.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that only about one-quarter of those who inject drugs are always using sterile syringes, with one-third reporting that they shared a needed during the past year, dramatically increasing the odds they will acquire HIV or hepatitis. CDC has also published its 27th HIV Surveillance Report on the nation’s HIV epidemic. Though there is some good news overall for Black America, a tremendous amount of work remains to be done. And the Black AIDS Institute will be here to do it.
Enjoy the holidays and your blessings as you gear up for the new year.
Yours in the struggle, Phill