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MAC News Archive

March 15, 2012

Save the Date! Women of Color RoundTable Presents:

About the production: "You Are The Queen" is a theatre and lyrical art performance highlighting the power of black women and our relationships with them.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Resource Fair starting at 5:00
Free Giveaways
Free and Confidential on-site HIV testing
Dinner will be served!

Production starts at 6:00

Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street

This event is FREE to the public!

Click here for more information

March 5-8, 2012

19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

March 5-8, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington

The 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) will take place from March 5-8, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. CROI is billed as an annual "meeting of the minds" between laboratory and clinical science. This year's meeting will bring updates on PrEP, microbicides, vaccines, voluntary medical male circumcision, treatment as prevention and other elements of combination prevention.

For more information visit:  www.retroconference.org

February 29, 2012

BTG Bridge Boston Launches Facebook Page

MAC is excited to launch a new effort to build awareness and understanding of biomedical HIV prevention research in the communities we serve.  As a community partner in the new Be The Generation Bridge initiative, we will engage communities heavily impacted by HIV in dialogue and activities that promote awareness and understanding of promising biomedical approaches to preventing new HIV infections.  On our website (mac-boston.org) and Facebook page (BTG Bridge Boston) you'll find up-to-date information on microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV vaccines and more.  Haven't heard of these?  Then make sure you 'Like' our Facebook page to see new posts, visit our website to find events near you, and interact with MAC staff who can help you to understand the future of HIV prevention

- Gary Daffin, Executive Director of the MAC 

February 29, 2012

Webinar: An advocate's guide to the FDA review of Truvada as PrEP

Please join AVAC for an upcoming webinar that's designed as an advocates' guide to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of data regarding TDF/FTC (Truvada) for HIV prevention. US-based advocates will be able to discuss steps for involvement in the process; international advocates may be interested in the topic as well, given that US FDA regulatory decisions are closely watched in many countries. The webinar will take place on Wednesday,

» Click Here for more information

February 27, 2012

HIV Prevention Trials Network Newsletter Network News - February 2012 - Issue No. 7

The HIV Prevention Trials Network is a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network that develops and tests the safety and efficacy of primarily non-vaccine interventions designed to prevent the transmission of HIV.  learn more

» Click Here to read newsletter

February 27, 2012

New HIV-Vaccine Tested On People Shows Limited Success

Scientists from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp University Hospital and Antwerp University have tested a new 'therapeutic vaccine' against HIV on volunteers. The participants were so to say vaccinated with their own cells. The researchers filtered certain white blood cells out of the volunteer's blood, 'loaded' them outside the body and then gave them back. The immune system of the testees was better than before in attacking and suppressing the virus, the scientists reported in the journal AIDS. But they still cannot cure the disease.

» Click Here to read full article

February 14, 2012

NIH Launches "Clinical Research Trials and You" Website

Today, the lack of public awareness about clinical research trials is one of the greatest challenges to recruiting volunteers for these potentially life-saving studies. In response, NIH has launched the “Clinical Research Trials and You” website as a resource for volunteers, health care providers, and voluntary advocacy groups to learn the basics about clinical research and to find out about ongoing studies in their area.

Visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You and share this message with your community.

February 6, 2012

Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) Annual Meeting

The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) annual meeting will be held this February at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

The Microbicide Trials Network is a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded worldwide collaborative clinical trials network focused on preventing the sexual transmission of HIV. The three day meeting will focus on updates on ongoing and completed MTN studies; scientific updates including contraception and HIV, PrEP and bone mineral density, and HIV resistance; as well as opportunities for discussions between representatives of MTN protocol teams, working groups, partners and the NIH. While there, local advocates will have the opportunity to engage with international investigators and community and industry partners.

For more information, go to www.mtnstopshiv.org

February 6, 2012

HIV Testing on Valentine's Day

Get tested on Valentine's Day at Roxbury Community College!

RCC is located at 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA. Testing will be held from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 14th. Call 617-427-0060 for more info.

February 6, 2012

Get Tested on National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

Come get tested tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7th from 11am to 5pm on National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day at WCAC, 407 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA. Contact Malkia Kendricks at 617-541-1050 for more info.

January 23, 2012

Get your 2012 State of Emergency Calendar!

Request or download your copy of the Calendar today.

Over the past several years, we have enjoyed producing a calendar that educates the community, providers, government officials and others about the increasing rates of HIV/AIDS in Boston’s Black communities.  Our overall message of ‘Fight the Fear’ encourages everyone to take action to address HIV/AIDS personally, within your family or within your community. We all can make a difference and work together to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The State of Emergency (SOE) Initiative, funded by the Boston Public Health Commission, at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition invites you to enjoy our 2012 Calendar.  This year’s theme is “Know Your Status”! Knowing your HIV status could be one of the most important things you do. The calendar gives you 10 reasons why HIV testing is beneficial. It also provides information on HIV testing and highlights agencies that provide free, confidential HIV counseling and testing services in Boston.

If you are interested in receiving hard copies of the SOE Calendar for your staff, advisory  group, community group or etc. please email your request to State_of_Emergency@mac-boston.org.  In the email include the name of your organization, who is receiving the calendar, and the number of hardcopies requested.  The limit is 25 per program. To view and download the calendar (29 MB), click here.


January 9, 2012

MAC is Hiring!

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) is hiring a Clinical Supervisor Consultant.

The Clinical Supervisor Consultant is responsible for providing monthly support to direct care staff challenges/issues related to job responsibilities, working environment and co-worker/supervisor interactions. The Consultant will primarily be working with staff in MAC’s African For Improved Access (AFIA) Program and Women of Color Affecting Change (WCAC) Program. Please review the attachment for more information.
As part of the application, please include your resume and a cover letter stating your expected hourly rate.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@mac-boston.org.

December 6, 2011

Communicating a Clear Path Forward Presented by Dazon Diallo

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th for Communicating a Clear Path Forward: Understanding the Challenges of Health Literacy.

The Women of Color AIDS Council program at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition invites you to attend an evening with Dazon Diallo on Tuesday, December 6th.  She will be presenting Communicating a Clear Path Forward: Understanding the Challenges of Health Literacy.

For more information or to register, please e-mail registration@mac-boston.org or call 617-238-2452.

December 2, 2011

Get Tested! Know Your Status!

Come get tested at Club Machine on December 2nd from 9pm to 12:30am.

Free, Confidential HIV Testing will be available at Club Machine at 1250 Boylston Street in Boston on Friday, December 2nd via the Bridge Over Troubled Waters Van from 9pm to 12:30am.

December 1, 2011

Testing Available at World AIDS Day Event Join the Boston NAACP for the World AIDS Day Event Getting to Zero Thursday, December 1st 6pm to 8:30pm.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library's Alice Yancey Community Meeting Room, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., in Mattapan...

Join us for a provocative and engaging discussion. "Sex, Love and Relationships: How do we get to ZERO?"  Our guest speaker will be Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute., followed by a panel discussion. 

The forum is co-sponsored and supported by: Multicultural Aids Coalition, Women of Color AIDS Council, the Boston Public Health Commission and The Family Van.

September 17-18, 2011

JOIN US! AWARE: AIDS, Why Are Relationships Endangered? AWARE: AIDS, Why Are Relationships Endangered?

A powerful community performance on 9/17 and 9/18 at Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA


Love. Sexuality. Diaspora. Religion. Media. Silence. A powerful community performance about the realities and myths surrounding the impact of HIV/AIDS. Community stories arise and bring voice to the many complexities of our relationships with each other. Audience members join the performance to form real-life solutions, ideas and strategies to the epidemic in our communities.

Directed by Dev Luthra and Ellie Friedland
Produced by the Multicultural AIDS Coalition


Troy Brown
Katrina Kincade
Michael Kincade
Arafat Akbar
Grace Ejiwale
Kaia Niambi Finn
Donna Cotterell
Lola-Ade Akintobi
Annette Kazibwe Nazziwa
Zakiya Alake
Chioma Nnaji
William Graves


Saturday, September 17, 2011
8:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday, September 18, 2011
3:00pm - 5:00pm


Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase tickets in advance two ways:

  • Online at www.madison-park.org. There is a $2 service fee.
  • Tickets are also being sold at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (31 Heath Street, 4th Floor, Suite 12, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130) or Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Suite 102, Roxbury, MA, 02119).

Sponsored by The Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC), Hibernian Hall, the State of Emergency

Initiative at the MAC funded by the Boston Public Health Commission, and AIDS Action Committee.

For more information, call 617.442.1622

» Click Here to view/download flyer

July 9, 2011

2011 African Health Cup

Saturday, July 9th from 8am to 8pm, come and join the Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) at the 2011 African Health Cup.

On Saturday, July 9th from 8am to 8pm, come and join the Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) at the 2011 African Health Cup. The defending champion of 2010 is the Liberian Soccer Team of Lowell. 12 local African soccer teams will battle to win!  It will be held at Paul J. Saunders Stadium, Joseph Moakley Park, 1005 Columbia Road, Boston, MA 02127.

For more information contact Augustus Woyah at 617.642.3429 or Sekani Nkhata at 617.620.6486

» Click Here to view/download flyer.


JUNE 9-12, 2011

Boston Black Pride Weekend 2011 Embracing all our colors from June 9th - 12th.

We, the Black Pride Commission, would like to invite you to schedule an appointment before the week of Black Pride for HIV testing.  If you don't know your HIV status, please join in our pledge to get as many people of color tested during this time.  The stats in our community are devastating.  We need more people to know their HIV status.  Will you stand and be a part of this effort?  If you already know your HIV status please pledge to bring a friend by calling The Multicultural AIDS Coalition at 617-238-2424.  Please make your appointment today.

» Click Here to view/download flyer

JUNE 1, 2011:

HIV Prevention in Primary Care for Gay/Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Best Practices for 2011

The Multicultural AIDS Coaltion and Fenway Health is hosting "HIV Prevention in Primary Care for Gay/Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Best Practices for 2011. This two-part training series is for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, case managers, and clinic administrators who work in primary care settings and who wish to enhance their knowledge and competencies in providing high-quality, sensitive, and effective HIV risk assessment, testing, and diagnosis to gay or bisexual men, or other men who have sex with men (MSM). Continuing education credits available.

Doors and dinner buffet open at 5:30 pm.  Program runs from 6:15 - 9 pm. 

Registration is free.

» SEE THE ATTACHED BROCHURE for speakers, objectives, and agenda.


MAY 25, 2011

Mental Health, Substance Use and Homelessness

Clinical Care for Black Women at Risk or Living with HIV: Mental Health, Substance Use and Homelessness

A webinar for MDs, PAs, nurses, social workers, mental health providers, and case managers.

Date:  May 25, 2011

Time:  6:30pm—8:00pm

No Fee to Participate.

» Click Here to view/download brochure


FEBRUARY 2, 2011

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Press Release: Boston’s Two Black HIV/AIDS Service Organizations Merge February 7th Event with Boston Public Health Commission Celebrates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Boston’s longest running Black HIV/AIDS service organizations have merged. The Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) and Women of Color AIDS Council (WCAC) filed Articles of Merger with the Secretary of State in January of this year.

» Click Here to view/download entire press release


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