WWR: Africa-Americans and HIV, The Psychology of HIV/AIDS, and Blood Transfusions

By Jane Coaston | February 8, 2013

Tennis champion Arthur Ashe with his family in 1992. The first African-American man to win Wimbledon, he was infected with HIV during surgery in 1993.

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This week, we’re learning about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the psychological needs of children with HIV, and how men living with HIV can have HIV-negative children.

EGPAF – “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Remember and Reflect” Thursday, February 7 was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day intended to focus on the effects of HIV/AIDS on the Black community. African Americans make up less than 15 percent of the population, but over 43 percent of all new HIV cases. In this blog, the author shares information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, including links to further reading and resources.             

San Francisco Chronicle“How Men with HIV Can Safely Become Dads” Because of the dangers of infecting partners and the possibility of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, men living with HIV have long been discouraged from having children. But a program in San Francisco – the San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 HIV/AIDS clinic – is using the latest research in HIV transmission to help heterosexual couples have HIV-negative, healthy babies.

EGPAF– “Putting Children’s Psychology First” When the HIV epidemic first began to affect children, the focus of researchers was on keeping them alive, not on their psychological or emotional needs. But as treatments have improved and life spans extended, children and young people living with HIV are experiencing unforeseen challenges to their physical and emotional wellbeing. In this interview, psychiatrist Sharon Nichols, PhD talks about how HIV can affect brain development and what children living with HIV need from mental health professionals.

EGPAF – “Black History Month – An Advocate Since Birth” Hydeia Broadbent was born with HIV, and has spent her life sharing her story and educating others about HIV/AIDS and the needs of children and young people living with HIV. In this interview, she shares her inspirations, lessons learned, and her thoughts on how activists can stem the tide of the HIV epidemic.

Gawker“Can Blood Transfusions Cure HIV?” Though the AIDS crisis began over thirty years ago, one of the biggest challenges of people working to eliminate HIV is educating the public about the virus and how it attacks the immune system. In this article from a series that brings reader questions to scientists and researchers, doctors explain how HIV affects not only blood, but tissues and organs as well.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.