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National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Saving Face Can’t Make You Safe

Posted: May 18, 2017

May 19th is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Between 2010 and 2014, the Asian population in the United States grew around 11%, more than three times as fast as the total U.S. population. During the same period, the number of Asians receiving an HIV diagnosis increased by 36%, driven primarily by an increase in HIV diagnoses among Asian gay and bisexual men. Asians, who make up 6% of the population, continue to account for only a small percentage of new HIV diagnoses in the United States:

  • Asians accounted for 2% (959) of the 40,040 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas in 2015.
  • Of Asians diagnosed with HIV infection in 2015, 86% (820) were men and 14% (132) were women.
  • Gay and bisexual men accounted for 89% (729) of all HIV diagnoses among Asian men in 2015. Among Asian women, 95% (125) of HIV diagnoses were attributed to heterosexual contact.e
  • From 2010 to 2014, HIV diagnoses increased by 47% among Asian gay and bisexual men in the United States.
  • In 2015, 326 Asians were diagnosed with AIDS, representing 2% of the 18,538 AIDS diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas.

Read more on CDC.gov.

Although Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) account for a very small percentage of new HIV diagnoses, HIV affects NHOPI in ways that are not always apparent because of their small population sizes:

  • In 2015, 79 NHOPI were diagnosed with HIV, representing less than 1% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States. NHOPI make up 0.2% of the population.
  • NHOPI had the third-highest rate of HIV diagnoses (14.1 per 100,000 people) by race/ethnicity in 2015, behind blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.b
  • Gay and bisexual menc accounted for 78% (62) of HIV diagnoses among NHOPI in 2015.
  • The annual number of HIV diagnoses among NHOPI declined 22% from 2010 to 2014.
  • In 2015, 22 NHOPI were diagnosed with AIDS in the United States.

Read more on CDC.gov.

Read more about the day and how you can get involved on AIDS.gov. Read more about creating awareness on BanyanTreeProject.org.



Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South

Posted: May 16, 2017

While most of America has largely recovered from the Great Recession, a new report from the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI) shows that black women in the rural south are trailing far behind the rest of the nation, living in an impoverished space where entire industries are shuttering factories and shedding jobs, world-shrinking broadband Internet is a novelty, and a lack of infrastructure stands in the way of education and proper nutrition.

The report uses existing data and features interviews with more than 200 families to examine the overall well-being of black women in nine rural counties across the Black Belt in Alabama and Georgia and in the Mississippi Delta. In these areas 20 percent of the population has lived in persistent poverty for the last five years, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture. The results show that when it comes to economic security, health, education and connection to the rest of the world, these women—and their children—are not afforded opportunities on par with their peers.

In fact, the report revealed that about nine out of 10 of these women are living in poverty. "And many of these women are heads of household, so we can extrapolate that there are an overwhelming number of children who are also impoverished," said report author Dr. C. Nicole Mason, who is also the executive director at the Center for Research & Policy in the Public Interest, during a press briefing about the report.

Read more on BlackAIDS.org. Read the full report.



Call for Abstracts: A LGBTQ Peoples Of Color Mental Health Conference

Posted: May 15, 2017

This year’s conference focuses on mental health care: navigating concerns, acknowledging developments and looking to the future for LGBTQ peoples of color, through the collective strengths and wisdom of clinicians, consumers, academics and advocates to confront the issues affecting these communities. 

The collective efforts of the organizations hosting this two-day conference encourages presenters to focus on how LGBTQ peoples of color navigate  mental health care in the age of the new administration. Presentations will examine concerns with the new administration's funding cuts declarations, developments and progress to date, and what the future holds. Each day will  begin with presentations intending to establish common starting points. These will be followed by concurrent small group workshops, panel discussions, and stand-alone presentations; some geared for clinicians and others for community members. At the end of the second day, we will continue our traditional "Community Speak Out" – an opportunity for conference participants to have their “say”, express their thoughts on ways of addressing the mental health of LGBTQ people of color and the necessary next steps for improving this conference.  

The Conference invites abstract submissions which examine, discuss and provide methodologies and techniques for healing, including resources, for LGBTQ peoples of color; consisting of the following subject areas:

Existing:

  • Women - Bisexual, Lesbians, Pansexual
  • Interaction of police/law enforcement and peoples of color with mental health issues, including incarceration/reentry programs/recidivism
  • LGBTQ peoples of color in immigration detention or asylum proceedings
  • Juvenile LGBTQ peoples of color mental health in criminal justice and health care
  • Mental health care of LGBTQ veterans of color
  • Mental health care for LGBTQ peoples of color seniors/elders 
  • LGBTQ peoples of color with abnormal personality disorders

Developing:

  • Cultural competency in education, health and mental health care, law enforcement, criminal justice 
  • LGBTQ peoples of color in foster care/aging out of foster care
  • Mental health and HIV
  • Mental health care for youth and young adult peoples of color

The deadline for abstract submissions, May 31, 2017. Read more about the conference and abstract submission.



National Women’s Health Week is May 14 – 20, 2017

Posted: May 12, 2017

National Women's Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.

You too can participate in National Women's Health Week:

Read more on WomensHealth.gov.



Transgender College Students Engage In More High-Risk Drinking Than Cisgender Peers

Posted: May 11, 2017

First-year transgender college students are more likely than their cisgender peers to engage in high-risk drinking patterns and experience negative alcohol-related consequences, a new study finds.

Transgender college students face unique pressures related to their identities and other challenges as they transition to adulthood, according to the study published March 21 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Further, transgender people are regularly harassed, discriminated against and socially excluded, the study said.

Researchers used an online survey to determine the frequency of high-risk drinking behaviors as well as the amount of alcohol students consumed and their motivations for drinking. Male and female transgender students were compared with their male and female cisgender peers on alcohol-related consequences. Among the 422,906 students at 370 colleges and universities who participated in the survey, 989, or 0.2 percent, identified as transgender.

Students reported their drinking experiences over a 14-day period, including the number of days they drank alcohol, how many drinks they consumed in total and the maximum number of drinks they consumed on any given day. Alcohol-related consequences, alcohol-related blackouts and drinking motivations were measured on a 7-point scale.

The survey found that transgender students had a greater likelihood of consuming alcohol on more days, consuming more drinks in total and consuming a greater number of maximum drinks on any given day than their cisgender peers. In addition, transgender students reported higher rates of alcohol-related blackouts, at 36 percent, compared with their cisgender counterparts, at 25 percent. Transgender students were significantly more likely to report academic, confrontational, social and sexual alcohol-related consequences than cisgender students. They were only slightly more likely than cisgender students to experience physical alcohol-related consequences, such as a stomachache.

Among their drinking motivations, transgender students more frequently cited issues related to stress; social anxiety; self-esteem; and the properties of alcohol itself, such as its ability to get consumers drunk, allow them to experiment and make them feel happy. Cisgender students, meanwhile, were more likely to report positive social motivations for drinking, such as celebrating or enjoying time with friends.

Read more on TheNationsHealth.org. Read the abstract of the study.



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