After 22 years leading the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), I have decided that it is time for a change. When I opened our doors in 1993, I was determined to help a dedicated group of state AIDS directors forge a common voice to advocate for an urgent response to the AIDS epidemic across the U.S. At that time, Ryan White programs were in their infancy, effective prevention interventions were lacking or being blocked by political forces, and the numbers of deaths from AIDS were still on the rise with little treatment to offer. Today, it is primarily the lack of political will and adequate funding that prevent us from ending the HIV epidemic here and around the world. Continue reading →
NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield Announces Plans to Step Down and Pass the Leadership Baton
Leading HIV and Hepatitis C Treatment Expert Murray Penner Named New Executive Director
February 19, 2015, Washington, DC – After a remarkable 22 years leading the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), Julie Scofield will step down as executive director in March. Murray Penner, currently deputy executive director, will succeed her starting April 1, 2015. In planning her eventual departure, Ms. Scofield proposed to NASTAD’s Executive Committee in October 2013 that Mr. Penner succeed her as NASTAD’s Executive Director when she stepped down. Following the approval of that succession plan, Ms. Scofield and Mr. Penner have been leading NASTAD collaboratively to ensure his readiness to assume the leadership role. Mr. Penner was the unanimous choice to lead the organization and will become only the second executive director in NASTAD’s 23-year history. Continue reading →
In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and Black History Month, NASTAD created a blog series to highlight voices within the Black community which often may remain silent, go unheard and are currently bearing the burden of the HIV epidemic: Black gay men/MSM, young Black gay men/MSM, members of the Black transgender community and Black women. We hope this blog series will serve as a springboard for even richer conversations and bring true awareness to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The previous blog posts in the series can be found below:
Silence, according to my childhood pastor, was always regarded as golden; resting on the idea that through silence one learns discipline and obedience, true pillars of a good Christian. I remember this message being preached from the pulpit, bellowed by my beloved pastor to the people in the congregation, my community. Continue reading →
Like most other Black men, I have had extremely inconsistent engagement with healthcare. If I’m not sick, why go? Until recently, the only time I really cared to access any type of care was when I was getting tested for HIV and other STIs.
In 2012, while conducting research at Fenway Health, I learned that multiple studies were trying to assess how effective taking one pill, once a day, would be at preventing HIV infection. My colleagues and I would joke about taking this pill once it became available, if it was successful. And then “BOOM,” there it was—a one-a-day pill that could prevent HIV by close to 100 percent. Continue reading →
The content of this post originally appeared in AllAfrica in January 2015.
Botswana: Balosang Preaches DMSAC Message
By Eric Raphuti
Hukuntsi — Insufficient knowledge about roles and responsibilities of District Multi-Sectoral AIDS Committee (DMSAC) among relevant stakeholders is a stumbling block to execution of its mandate, says Ms Matsae Balosang, a country manager of National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).