In This Issue

This week, we run another installment in our series about graduates of the African American HIV University, this week profiling Jaasiel Chapman, a member of our BTAN chapter in Cincinnati. We also share an update from Richard Wolitski, who spoke about the intersections between HIV, HCV and LGBT health at the recent SYNchronicity Conference, where he encouraged us to continue to break down the various silos that exist in our work.

We run a very interesting piece from our friends at Kaiser Health News about a storyline we think is worth keeping an eye on: the efforts by Louisiana's health secretary to employ a little-known federal patent law that might allow people living with hepatitis C to obtain antiviral medications at a much lower cost.

We also ask you for your help. The Black AIDS Institute is creating a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. We are looking for people who are willing to talk about their experiences with health insurance, whether they have health insurance they purchased through the Marketplace at, have benefitted from the expansion of Medicaid, or have private or employer-based insurance. Read on for more information on how your voice can be heard by politicians, policymakers and other influencers nationwide.

The Institute will also engage in several activities to raise awareness of National HIV Testing Day, which takes place on June 27. First, we are compiling a Calendar of Events taking place nationwide during the 30 days leading to National HIV Testing Day. We invite you to contribute any activities your organization is holding to end HIV/AIDS in Black communities. We also invite young Black GBTQ, same-gender-loving, and gender nonconforming people interested in participating in an Instagram campaign whose goal is to challenge the negative media imagery and stereotypes of Black men as well as the erasure of Black GBTQ, same-gender-loving, and gender nonconforming people from mainstream narratives. Read on to learn how you can participate.

Yours in the struggle,