Author Archive: Jim Merrell
Jim Merrell is the National Coalition Development Coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. In this role, he co-coordinates the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. Find out more at www.preventionjustice.org.
HIV is not a crime. But according to our allies at the Positive Justice Project, most states continue to unfairly single out and target people living with HIV for criminal prosecution. This practice of ‘HIV criminalization’ is a relic of the fear-based public policy response of the early HIV epidemic. We believe it is time [...]
This new CDC factsheet on treatment as prevention posted two weeks ago seems to have slipped passed our radar! Check it out: www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/treatment/resources/factsheets/tap.htm Interesting to note the explicit mention of health care reform implementation and increased resources for ADAP as important structural elements of successful combination prevention, a point that was reiterated later in the [...]
Last month, the nation’s top public health agency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released an updated estimate of the number of new HIV infections occurring annually in the United States. Because of the difficulty in collecting the data necessary to make these estimates, we are only now getting information on new [...]
With the dust of the November 6 election beginning to settle across the country, millions of us have now turned our attention to ponder a single, deceptively simple question: What do the election results mean for our efforts? The answer to that question differs for the distinct, interrelated pieces of the HIV prevention justice puzzle. [...]