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Young Men Not Getting Tested for HIV at Primary Care Appointments

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

Young Men Not Getting Tested for HIV at Primary Care Appointments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has published findings that young men are not getting routinely tested for HIV at their primary care physician appointments.

“The new report, published by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that HIV testing was performed during just 1% of doctors’ appointments among men ages 15 to 39 from 2009 to 2012. Those numbers are low despite CDC recommendations since 2006 to routinely test all adults and adolescents for HIV. In practice, actual testing has been “suboptimal,” the CDC says.”

ARE offers free HIV testing by appointment. People can also access HIV testing through their primary care    providers upon request or through local health departments.

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ARE’s Homeless Resource Manual

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Weekly News | 0 comments

ARE’s Homeless Resource Manual

Are you looking to access basic needs in the counties of Winchester City, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, Warren, and Clarke?



Check out ARE’s Homeless Resource Manual for assistance.


If you have housing needs, please call Centralized Intake at 540-271-1701.


#EndHomelessness #fightthestigma

Homeless Resource Booklet 04-2016

ARE’s 25th Anniversary & Open House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Community, Events | 0 comments

ARE’s 25th Anniversary & Open House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ARE has been operating for 25 years now, and to ring in this momumental anniversary we have also secured a new home!IMG_3425

ARE was fortunate to purchase our first agency property and we want to share this significant event wiith you!


Come out to ARE’13100878_1148630808491440_1939957270234053507_ns Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 19th at 5:30pm to view our new home, talk about all of the great services ARE has to offer, and enjoy some conversation and refreshments.

ARE has seen so many changes over all these years, and we want to thank our community partners for their collaborations and contributions to the agency. You have truly enriched the lives of our consumers!

We’ll see you at the Open House May 19th!

Sex Education is on the Decline in the U.S.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

Sex Education is on the Decline in the U.S.

Formal sex education is the decline in the United States, especially in rural areas.

“In the 2006 to 2010 surveys, 70 percent of girls and 61 percent of boys said they had received formal instruction about birth control, which dropped to 60 percent and 55 percent, respectively, in the 2011 to 2013 surveys.

School nurse giving sex education

School nurse giving sex education, Peter Dazeley, Getty images, Huffington Post 

Girls also reported less formal education on STDs, HIV and AIDS prevention, and saying no to sex over time. Both girls and boys reported more formal education in saying no to sex without instruction about birth control in the second survey wave, the researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.”

State and local education policies dictate how and if schools will address sex education for school-age children.

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National Transgender HIV Testing Day

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

National Transgender HIV Testing Day

Today marks National Transgender HIV Testing Day!

“Transgender people, particularly transgender women, are disproportionately affected by HIV. A 2013 systematic review found that the estimated HIV prevalence (percentage of a population living with HIV) among transgender women was 22% in the United States.



Another analysis estimated that HIV prevalence among African American transgender women was as high as 56%. Because transgender people, especially transgender women, are at high risk for acquiring HIV, there is an urgent need to expand HIV testing — the critical first step along the continuum of care — and prevention and treatment initiatives to reach the transgender community.”

Expanding HIV testing, access to prevention measures like condoms and PrEP, and increased awareness can help transgender people get access to the care and support they need.


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New HIV Treatment Medication: Descovy

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Weekly News | 0 comments

New HIV Treatment Medication: Descovy

The FDA has approved a new HIV treatment medication called Descovy.

This medication contains a safer form of tenofovir (also found in Truvada).

This new medication is an updated form of Truvada, but it has not yet been approved for use as PrEP.

“Research into Descovy for use as PrEP is only in its earliest stages, and it is not clear at this time if the tablet would be as effective as Truvada at preventing acquisition of the virus among HIV-negative individuals.”


‪#‎EndAIDS‬ ‪#‎PrEP‬ ‪#‎TreatmentasPrevention‬…/fda-oks-gileads-descovy-safer-version…

What Does it Mean to be Undetectable?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

What Does it Mean to be Undetectable?

What does it mean to be “undetectable?”

Many people still don’t understand about HIV, the disease, the risks of infection, and HIV treatment.

Todd Flaherty created a web series about HIV called “Undetectable,” to explore and discuss what it’s like living with HIV and what being undetectable really means.

Flaherty had this to say, “HIV does not define a person.”

“When we strip away the labels we place on ourselves and others, we realize all humans want the same thing: to make a connection with one another and to feel like our short time on this earth matters.
Undetectable refers to a poz person’s viral load, yes, but it also literally means not able to be detected… invisible.

So most of all, I hope this series offers a new perspective on a community of people who, for too long, have been undetectable among us.”

View the web series at


Remembering Ryan White

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

Remembering Ryan White

On this day in 1990 (April 8th) Ryan White passed away from complications of AIDS.

Ryan White was only 18 years old when he died.

In his life and after his passing, Ryan became a symbol in the HIV/AIDS movement, a symbol of the AIDS epidemic that was obliterating the nation during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

“When the nation was still grappling with homophobia, unsubstantiated fears of how the virus was transmitted, and a great deal of prejudice towards a growing number of terribly sick individuals, Ryan White’s case became a national antidote.



During this period, Ryan served as an eloquent spokesman about AIDS to his classmates, journalists and, through the wide reach of television, the American public. He valiantly fought against a battalion of bigots who saw AIDS as some kind of divine retribution against gay men and intravenous drug users (two of the largest groups stricken with AIDS during this time).”

Upon his passing, President George H.W. Bush passed the Ryan White CARE Act in late summer 1990, which would bring care and treatment to people living with HIV.

Without this young boy’s strength, heroism, and activism, HIV care would not be where it is today.

We thank him, and remember him fondly.

#RyanWhite #EndAIDS #fightthestigma

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April is STD Awareness Month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

April is STD Awareness Month

Do you know your status? #knowyourstatus



“One way to mark the occasion is to get tested for HIV and thus help eradicate the stigma.

A focus on HIV for STD Awareness Month is appropriate since HIV, though preventable, is non-curable and debilitating. HIV testing is now possible with a simple oral swab — no needles required, and results are ready 20 minutes later. Further, the process is completely confidential, and self-test kits can be purchased in local pharmacies, over the counter, for testing at home.”

Stigma continues to surround education, risk reduction strategies, and routine testing for all STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

“The time to take action is now. All sexually active persons should get themselves tested frequently. If it must be just once a year, then let’s make April the month to get tested at the doctor’s office or for free at a local clinic found at”


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The National HIV/AIDS Strategy Updated to 2020

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy Updated to 2020

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy from the White House focuses on these core goals:



Step 1.A: Intensify HIV prevention efforts in the communities where HIV is
most heavily concentrated

Step 1.B: Expand efforts to prevent HIV infection using a
combination of effective evidence-based approaches

Step 1.C: Educate all Americans with easily accessible, scientifically
accurate information about HIV risks, prevention, and transmission


Step 2.A: Establish seamless systems to link people to care immediately after
diagnosis, and support retention in care to achieve viral suppression that can maximize
the benefits of early treatment and reduce transmission risk

Step 2.B: Take deliberate steps to increase the capacity of systems as well as the number
and diversity of available providers of clinical care and related services for people living with HIV

Step 2.C: Support comprehensive, coordinated, patient-centered care for people
living with HIV, including addressing HIV-related co-occurring conditions and
challenges meeting basic needs, such as housing


Step 3.A: Reduce HIV-related disparities in communities at high risk for HIV infection

Step 3.B: Adopt structural approaches to reduce HIV infections and improve
health outcomes in high-risk communities

Step 3.C: Reduce stigma and eliminate discrimination associated with HIV status


Step 4.A: Increase the coordination of HIV programs across the Federal government
and between Federal agencies and State, territorial, Tribal, and local governments

Step 4.B: Develop improved mechanisms to monitor and report on progress
toward achieving national goals


ARE and other community organizations can help to achieve these goals in our community. Increased access to HIV testing, HIV care, support services, and education can help reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and help to dispel the stigma around HIV.




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