My Family, presented by ACCESS AIDS Care, is a photo essay that showcases the diversity among LGBT families. “Family” can mean different things to different people: birth families, partners, children, chosen families, etc. My Family aims to celebrate the diversity and strength among LGBT families. By participating in My Family, you’re granting ACCESS AIDS Care/The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads permission to use your likeness and your family’s likeness in photograph(s)/video in connection to My Family.
Photos will be taken by ACCESS AIDS Care and displayed publicly as a part of a gallery showing and media campaign. They will also be featured in a book. All participants will be provided with an invitation to the gallery showing and digital copies of their photos.
(Please Note: not all families will be selected)
If you are interested in participating please fill in the form below and someone will contact you:
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about HIV and STDs.
1. What is National HIV Testing Day?
• The whole country recognizes National HIV Testing Day every year on June 27th. It is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in Hampton Roads and give community members the tools they need to stop the spread of the disease.
2. Why is this effort important?
• We have to raise people's awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Hampton Roads.
Findings of the NATIONAL TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION SURVEY by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Virginia Results (There were 171 respondents from Virginia)
Rates of discrimination were alarming in Virginia, indicating widespread discrimination based on gender identity/expression:
The Hispanic Federation recognizes Oct. 15 as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, a campaign aimed at engaging the Hispanic/Latino community in promoting HIV awareness through testing, prevention and education.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 200,000 Latinos have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The rates of new infections among Latino men were more than double that of white men. The rate of HIV infection among Latino women was nearly four times that of white women.
But ending AIDS is as much a social challenge as a clinical one. One of the clearest lessons of the past three decades is that illiteracy and poverty fuel the spread of HIV and that education can slow it. Education -- not just sex education but literacy, numeracy, critical-thinking and global citizenship -- is the social equivalent of a vaccine, and it's already available for clinical use.
(Washington, D.C., May 16, 2012) The National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) salutes the FDA Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee for recommending approval of OraSure's OraQuick In-home HIV Test kit. We urge the FDA to follow the Advisory Committee's recommendation and approve the kit for over-the-counter sale.
With an estimated one-fifth of Americans who live with HIV unaware they are infected, there is an obvious need for more testing and more ways to get tested. There are people who need to get tested who will not do so in a traditional medical setting. We hope many of them take advantage of a home test kit to learn their status, so they can seek treatment for their infections, stay healthy, and take steps not to infect their partners.
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