WELCOME TO INDIANA IAC
YOUR HOME FOR HIV ADVOCACY & HEALTH INFORMATION
Our mission to bring 2 persons from every county in Indiana to the International AIDS Conference (IAC).. That would be approximately 200 Persons. Yes its a big vision but we have a big problem in Indiana not only about the virus but stigma, prejudice, bigotry, and down right hate.
This will be an once in a lifetime transforming experience for many of our Hoosier citizens. There we will meet many members of the world's family who would less likely have an opportunity to visit our United State of America. Further, there will be a recognition of the precious timing of of the 2020 International AIDS Conference during America's presidential election year.
Your vote profoundly sheds light on the candidates and their parties platforms about health and healthcare. Our participation in the IAC gives grounding about the most recent knowledge, research, science, medicine, and PLWHAS diverse experiences. You may expect to become an informed delegate who returns to Indiana prepared to inform, educate and increase awareness of the efforts around the world to not only end the transmission of HIV but find the CURE to HIVAIDS.Our theme is the same as the IAC: RESILIENCE !
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AIDS Language Matters
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The Black community has been left out of the conversation and the AIDS relief efforts for the past 40 years. In the Black community, the campaign against HIV/AIDS did not receive the same national attention to combat the incidence and prevalence of AIDS in the neighborhoods and communities throughout our nation. We are seeking to create a bridge between the HIV/AIDS community and the Black church, which is the primary institution for accessing the Black community throughout the nation. We already have this relationship in Indianapolis and we want to build on it. We have the support of 31 pastors in Marion County, who have participated in HIV 101 training in March 2021. We want to make this training more widely available.
In Phase 1 of the Hoosier IAC Scholarship Fund, a group of 21 Hoosiers applied for the scholarship. They became official Hoosier delegates of the United States of America to the International AIDS Conference 2020 (VIRTUAL) in July 2020. At the completion of their participation, they received official membership into the International AIDS Society, Geneva, Switzerland. Several have become community advocates in their neighborhoods and their Indiana counties. The creation of the HISF Scholarship website helped promote the scholarship availability for HIV education (www.indianaiac.com), and will be used in phase 2 to accomplish our objectives.
The focus of Hoosier IAC Scholarship Fund Phase 2 will be on access of HIV education in the church and surrounding community. HIV awareness is not present throughout the Black community. The End the HIV Epidemic Campaign recognizes the increasing incidence of HIV among the youth and adults in the Black community, who are not connected to HIV information, education, resources and services. When people are connected to these factors, it diminishes the risk of transmission and improves the efforts to confront stigma in the Black community, which has been documented to inhibit persons coming forward to know their HIV status.
The Broadway Youth Roving Project has been in existence for 12 years. This year, the youth who are the neighborhood rovers will receive HIV101 training to empower them to respond or initiate opportunities for discussions that occur around healthcare. This will include workshops on healthcare disparities and identifying pathways to care. The youth will receive grant awards from the scholarship fund to enable their participation in the program, to provide appropriate refreshments and to allow for meals and conversation with the community. Their acquaintance with HIV through the summer program will be the precursor to the opportunity to become delegates to the International AIDS Conference in 2022 (IAC2022). Scholarship funds will cover all fees associated with being official registered delegates from Indiana to IAC2022. The scholarships will provide support and assistance to other community residents to also be invited to become delegates to IAC2022. The scholarship will allow for pre-orientation workshops with guest presenters, refreshments & meals. Finally, the scholarship will provide for advertising and marketing, distribution of HIV educational and promotional materials for the overall program, including community-wide workshops throughout the year.
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AIDS Language Matters
Organizing to Fight AIDS
Becoming a Participant
Timothy Ray Brown (1966- 2020) was an American considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown was called "The Berlin Patient" at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, where his cure was first announced, in order to preserve his anonymity, and because he lived in, and was treated in Berlin. He chose to come forward in late-2010. “I didn’t want to be the only person cured,” he said. “I wanted to do what I could to make [a cure] possible. My first step was releasing my name and image to the public.”
Eleven years later, nearly on the same date, at the same conference, it was announced that it appeared that a second man had been cured; he was called the "London Patient." He also received a bone marrow transplant to treat a cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma) but was given weaker immunosuppressive drugs. The selected donor also carried the CCR5-Δ32 mutation.
Harold S. Brown, Jr., met Tim at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We shared our journeys. We dedicated ourselves to finding a worldwide, cost effective , treatment for everyone.