Did You Know...
At Us Helping Us, we now have a mentor program for Treatment Adherence. The program is designed to support MSM living with HIV and provides guidance with treatment adherence and overall health. For info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 446-1100.
Us Helping Us commemorates 25th anniversary
Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., announced a series of events to commemorate its 25th anniversary including: a presentation of the stage play, “Love In A Day”; the debut of a radio commercial targeting black gay men in Prince George’s County; the release of viral videos about HIV prevention research produced by members of DENIM, its young men’s program; and a gala fundraiser on October 14th.
“Did I also mention our Backyard Barbecue on Saturday, May 25th, and our Memorial Day picnic in Fort DuPont Park on Monday, May 27th,” laughs Ernest Walker, the Director of Programs. “The barbecue will be something new and we will be in the park again this year offering HIV testing, music and entertainment.”
Us Helping Us was incorporated in 1988 as a support group for HIV-positive black gay men. Today it is one of the largest black AIDS organizations in the Washington metropolitan area providing: HIV testing; STD screening; mental health services; case management; and treatment adherence to everyone, including heterosexual men and women, transgender individuals, and youth.Read more: Us Helping Us commemorates 25th anniversary
“Love In A Day,” Hit Stageplay Showing in DC May 19th to benefit Us Helping Us
Us Helping Us, People Into Living (UHU), which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013, will present the powerful stage play, “Love In A Day” to raise funds and awareness for the organization’s mission of providing HIV support services. UHU, along with Tenacious Productions and Award-Winning Author Darryl James, will present An Evening of Art, Music and Theater with “Love In A Day” on Sunday, May 19th at 4 pm at Capitol Hill Support Services Program, 2052 West Virginia Ave, NE, Washington, DC. Purchase Tickets Now!!!Read more: “Love In A Day,” Hit Stageplay Showing in DC May 19th to benefit Us Helping Us
Us Helping Us receives grant to provide HIV testing for couples
UHU has received a grant from the District to develop and implement HIV counseling and testing services to couples, including heterosexual and same sex couples. A DC survey of heterosexuals found that in many stable committed relationships, condom usage was low. However, about half of those persons in those relationships did not know their partner‘s HIV status. Within a relationship perceived as “safe” due to its intimacy and commitment level, the combination of not using condoms and not knowing your partner‘s status may lead to HIV infection.Read more: Us Helping Us receives grant to provide HIV testing for couples
Us Helping Us purchases a mobile unit
Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU) purchased a cargo van and customized it into a mobile unit for HIV testing and STD screenings. The cargo van, a 2012 Sprinter 3500, was customized to have two separate compartments. UHU will use the mobile unit to provide HIV testing in remote areas of the Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland.
“It has taken Us Helping Us two years to raise the initial money necessary to purchase and customize the van,” says Ron Simmons, the President/CEO of Us Helping Us. “We are grateful to all of our supporters who gave donations to make this day possible.”Read more: Us Helping Us purchases a mobile unit
View photos from A Passion For Living
We are honored to share photos with you from this year's annual reception, "A Passion For Living" which took place at Arena Stage on Saturday October 13th. With 196 people in attendance, this year's event which is held to raise crucial funds for Us Helping Us' prevention programs and services, also honored specific individuals and businesses for their commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The 2012 Honorees were:
Founders Award – Dr. Mayer, Dr. Koblin, Dr. Wheeler and the HPTN 061 Study Team
Thurlow Tibbs Award – ABilly S. Jones-Hennin and Sheila Alexander-Reid
Chairman’s Award – K&L Gates
Volunteer’s Award – Ronald Morgan
Read more: View photos from A Passion For Living
Ron Simmons heads Us Helping Us for 20 years
This month marks Ron Simmons, Ph.D, 20th year as the head of Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. Us Helping Us began as a self-help support group for black gay men living with AIDS founded in 1985. At that time there was no treatment for HIV/AIDS and Us Helping Us advocated a holistic approach to health maintenance that incorporated the mind, body and spirit. Dr. Simmons, a member of the group, volunteered to be the executive director in the summer of 1992. The Board of Directors changed his title to President/CEO in 2003.
Under his leadership, Us Helping Us grew into the largest AIDS service organization in the metropolitan area specializing in HIV prevention and support services for black gay and same-gender-loving men. Us Helping Us also serves heterosexual men and women, and transgender individuals, providing HIV testing, STD screenings, mental health services, case management, and treatment adherence services.Simmons legacy at Us Helping Us is one of accomplishments: from launching the nation’s first “Down Low Help Line” targeting black heterosexual men who have sex with men; to airing the first radio commercial targeting HIV-positive black gay men; to being the first black gay AIDS organization in the country to purchase a building for its headquarters and service facility. Read more: Ron Simmons Heads Us Helping Us For 20 Years
Us Helping Us’ Initiation of National Dialogue on a
‘Paradigm Shift” in HIV Infection Declared a Success
Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU), a community-based AIDS organization in Washington, D.C., has declared a success in its January 2011 launching of a national dialogue about a “paradigm shift” in HIV infection among black gay men. UHU decided to initiation a dialogue when a 2010 District of Columbia behavioral surveillance study found that black gay men were reporting more condom use and less sexual risk behavior than white or Latino men yet they were disproportionately infected with HIV. The traditional theoretical model of a positive correlation between HIV risk behavior and HIV prevalence was not true for black gay men.
“Us Helping Us believed that the study showed a major shift in the dynamics of HIV infection among black gay men that could have a profound impact on effective prevention in the United States,” said Ron Simmons Ph.D., the president/CEO. “We thought it important to bring this issue to the public’s attraction because black gay men were being demonized for becoming HIV-infected through greater risk behavior when they were really engaging in less risk behavior.”Read more: National Dialogue on Paradigm Shift a Success
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