By Daniel Olavarria, Associate, Health Equity
Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before the final deadline.
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) is looking to identify young Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who are up-and-coming leaders doing innovative work on a volunteer basis in their communities/schools to improve the well-being of other gay men/MSM.
With an emphasis on creative utilization of social media as the cornerstone of this program, NASTAD is seeking to advance the work being done by youth leaders who have identified challenges in their communities and have formulated forward-thinking solutions. This program is intended to expand the way that NASTAD connects with young people, facilitate opportunities for these men to partner with health departments and to network with each another. Continue reading
By Dan Church, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
In the last year, focus has been on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for a one-time hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody test for all individuals born between 1945 and 1965. While this is important given recent trends in HCV-related mortality in this age cohort, there has been less attention on the need to continue risk-based screening due to the alarming trends of increased HCV transmission among young people who use drugs. This increase has been noted in a number of jurisdictions, including in Massachusetts, where the annual number of reported HCV infections among those 15 to 29 years of age has now exceeded those in the older age cohort. While the number of identified, confirmed acute HCV cases remains low, almost 2,000 cases of HCV infection have been reported each year in this younger age group since 2007 in Massachusetts alone. Most of these cases were likely exposed in the recent past, and surveillance data indicate that the injection of prescription opiates and heroin are driving this epidemic. Continue reading
By Isaiah Webster III, Manager, Prevention
Today’s youth are the first generation to have never known life without HIV/AIDS. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people ages 13-29 accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections as of 2009. More than 34,000 young people are living with HIV, and health departments remain committed to linking these individuals to care. Continue reading