Accepting applications for the Judith R. Harris Scholarship.  This scholarship is for students of color attending Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools.  Download the application here, 2018 DST Judith R Harris Scholarship Application.  Mail application to: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter Attn: Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 27044 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125.  Applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 19, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is supporting UNM Truman Health Services’  HIV/AIDS awareness program and candlelight vigil. Warm beverages will be served.

Join us on Thursday, November 30th for the 2017 World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil from 7pm – 8pm at the Gazebo in Old Town Plaza, 200 N Plaza St NW, Albuquerque.

For more information about UNM Truman Health Services visit their website @ http://www.unmtruman.com.

Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter President Danielle Riddle-Price is slated to emcee Albuquerque’s World AIDS Day commemoration and candlelight vigil on November 30 at 7 p.m. in Old Town Plaza. The nation recognizes World AIDS Day annually on December 1. While commemorating those who have fallen victim to HIV and AIDS, the local event, organized by UNM Truman Health Services, will also inform the populous of the disease’s impact in New Mexico and the United States. 

The Good News About the Decline of Annual HIV Infections and Diagnoses in the U.S. is a Mixed Bag for African Americans

There is good news about the decline of incidents and deaths from the disease, but the bad news disparately affects African Americans in New Mexico and nation-wide. Factoids from the most recent data available are presented here to create a clearer picture of how and why, in many areas of the fight against HIV/AIDS, blacks and Hispanics achieve fewer gains. Spreading awareness will hopefully help stop the spread of the disease in the African-American community and beyond.

Annual HIV infections and diagnoses are declining in the U.S. The declines may be due to targeted HIV prevention efforts. However, progress has been uneven, and annual infections and diagnoses have increased among a few groups, such as African-American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.

  • 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.
  • The estimated number of annual new HIV infections declined 10% from 2010 to 2014.

Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African-American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.

There were an estimated 37,600 new HIV infections in 2014. From 2010 to 2014:

  • Among the overall population, the estimated number of annual HIV infections declined 10% (from 41,900 to 37,600).

  • Among gay and bisexual men, trends varied by race and age:
    • Among white gay and bisexual men, annual infections declined 11%.
    • Among black/African-American gay and bisexual men, annual infections remained stable.
    • Among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men, annual infections increased 14%.
    • Annual infections declined among gay and bisexual men aged 13-24 (16%) and 35-44 (16%), but increased 23% among gay and bisexual men aged 25-34.

  • Among heterosexuals, annual infections declined 23%.

  • Among PWID (people who inject drugs), annual infections declined 32%.

In 2015, 39,513 people received an HIV diagnosis. The annual number of HIV diagnoses fell 9% between 2010 and 2014. African-American gay and bisexual men accounted for the largest number of HIV diagnoses (10,315), followed by white (7,570) and Hispanic/Latino (7,013) gay and bisexual men.

Trends have varied by race. From 2010 to 2014:

  • Among white gay and bisexual men, diagnoses decreased 9%.
  • Among African American gay and bisexual men, diagnoses increased 2%.
  • After years of sharp increases, diagnoses among young African-American gay and bisexual men (aged 13 to 24) declined 2%.
  • Among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men, diagnoses increased 13%.

Heterosexuals and PWID also continue to be affected by HIV. From 2010 to 2014:

  • Diagnoses among all womendeclined 20%, and among African-American women, diagnoses declined 24%.
  • Among all heterosexuals, diagnoses declined 19%, and among PWID, diagnoses declined 32%.

By race/ethnicity, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2015:

  • African Americansrepresented 12% of the population, but accounted for 45% (17,670) of HIV diagnoses.
  • African Americans have the highest rate of HIV diagnoses compared to other races and ethnicities.
  • Hispanics/Latinos represented 18% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 24% (9,290) of HIV diagnoses.

NEW HIV DIAGNOSES IN THE U.S. FOR THE MOST-AFFECTED SUBPOPULATIONS, 2015

Source: CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas, 2015

HIV Surveillance Report 2016;27. Subpopulations representing 2% or less of HIV diagnoses are not reflected in this chart.

  • An estimated 1,107,700 adults and adolescents were living with HIV at the end of 2014. Of those, 166,000 (15%) had not received a diagnosis.
  • Young people were the most likely to be unaware of their infection. Among people aged 13-24 who were living with HIV, an estimated 44% did not know.
  • Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, 1,216,917 people have received an AIDS diagnosis.
  • In 2015, 18,303 people received an AIDS diagnosis.
  • In 2014, 6,721 deaths were attributed directly to HIV.

(Source: HIV Surveillance Report: Diagnoses of HIV Infection inn the United States and Dependent Areas, 2010-2014, Tables 24 and 25.  Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexual Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. )

LOCAL OUTLOOK

With an average of 143 new HIV infections reported annually and over 3,000 new or chronic HIV infections reported in 2013, HIV infection is an important health issue in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

One in 200 African Americans living in New Mexico is infected with HIV. The rate of HIV infection for African Americans in New Mexico is nearly three times higher than the rate for any other racial/ethnic group. Many persons living with HIV don’t even know they are infected, so HIV testing remains an urgent priority. Knowing your status is the first step to receiving quality medical care of HIV.

“The Office of African American Affairs is working closely with the Department of Health and other community advocates to identify health disparities among African Americans. We recognize that in New Mexico HIV and AIDS disproportionately affects African Americans,” Yvette Kaufman-Bell, Director of the Office of African American Affairs is quoted as saying on the OAAA website.

Coordinated by the Strategic Leadership Council National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (www.nationalblackaidsday.org), is observed each year on February 7 to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities. The organization states that there are over 490,000 African Americans living with HIV. For more information on how the Native American population is affected by the disease, visit www.nnhaad.org.

PREVENTION

A 2011 study found that African Americans aged 18–64 years were tested more frequently for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than Hispanics or whites. However, about 31% had not been tested, and 15% of blacks living with HIV did not know they were infected. Undiagnosed HIV infection can significantly influence HIV transmission rates in communities. In 2011, an estimated 73,600 HIV-positive blacks living in the United States were unaware of their HIV status.

The key to preventing those tested from spreading the disease is making sure they are linked to medical care and then referred to HIV partner services and other HIV prevention services. According to previously published federal implementation plans, the National HIV/AIDS strategy was to achieve the following goal by 2015: “85.0% of persons newly diagnosed with HIV are to link to HIV medical care within 90 days of diagnosis.”

The current finding of 44.5% for linkage within 90 days suggests that linkage to medical care among blacks needs to be significantly improved to meet the National HIV/AIDS Strategy goal. Because rates of referrals to HIV partner services and HIV prevention services ranged from 46.4% to 65.8%, referrals to these services also could be improved.

Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. In addition to abstinence, limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way every time you have sex, you may be able to take advantage of newer medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

If you are living with HIV, there are many actions you can take to prevent passing it to others. The most important is taking medicines to treat HIV (called antiretroviral therapy, or ART) the right way, every day. They can keep you healthy for many years and greatly reduce your chance of transmitting HIV to your partners.

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy. The longer you wait to start having oral, vaginal, or anal sex, the fewer sexual partners you are likely to have in your lifetime. Having fewer partners lowers your chances of having sex with someone who has HIV or another STD. Learn more about how to protect yourself, and get information tailored to meet your needs from CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool (wwwn.cdc.gov/hivrisk).

(Sources for “The Good News About the Decline of Annual HIV Infections and Diagnoses in the U.S. is a Mixed Bag for African Americans” include the national Centers for Disease Control, New Mexico Department of Health, and the New Mexico Office of African-American Affairs. Most recent state data is from 2014; most recent national data is from 2015.) 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Chapter Meeting
    February 10, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Soror Victoria’s Office Building
    6565 Americas Parkway
    Albuquerque, NM 87110


  • Chapter Meeting
    March 10, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Soror Victoria’s Office Building
    6565 Americas Parkway
    Albuquerque, NM 87110


  • Chapter Meeting
    April 14, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Soror Victoria’s Office Building
    6565 Americas Parkway
    Albuquerque, NM 87110


  • Chapter Meeting
    May 12, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Soror Victoria’s Office Building
    6565 Americas Parkway
    Albuquerque, NM 87110


  • Chapter Meeting
    June 9, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Soror Victoria’s Office Building
    6565 Americas Parkway
    Albuquerque, NM 87110

Masquerade Soirée en Noir & Silent Auction

Thank you for coming out and supporting our annual fundraising affair. The night included dinner, dancing, cash bar, and a silent auction. The proceeds benefit programs and projects that directly support the citizens of the City of Albuquerque.

We want to thank our generous sponsors for their support of the 4th Annual Masquerade Soiree en Noir & Silent Auction:

Platinum Sponsor
Office of African-American Affairs

Gold Sponsor
Mrs. Suzanne Johnson

Crème Sponsors
Riddle Price & Associates
Mrs. Ramona Dillard
Mrs. Elizabeth Okoye
Mrs. Nellie Ward & Mrs. Karon Stephens
Ms. Vicki Scott
Mrs. Gloria Fadipe & Mrs. Myra Roosevelt
Mrs. Brenda Steele & Mrs. Cynthia McDonald
Ms. Sonya Morring Smith

Albuquerque Mayoral Forum

Missed the forum?  View the video here.

For more information on the candidates and voting in New Mexico and Bernalillo County go here.

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Our Zeta Phi Beta Sisters

Celebrating with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at their 47th Pacific Region Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Omega Alpha Zeta Chapter in Albuquerque, NM.

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Juneteenth Voter Registration

Registering voters while enjoying friends and family at the Albuquerque Juneteenth celebration. Get registered to vote!

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Duke City Day Party

We had a great time at the Duke City Day Party, playing games, listening to music, spending time with friends, while making new ones.

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Camp Patten Prayer Garden Restoration

Coming together to restore the prayer garden at Camp Patten. After clean-up, adding fresh flowers, hanging encouraging signs, and placing other fun and heartening elements, the garden is peaceful place be with God.

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Financial Fortitude

A special thank you to the presenters of the Financial Fortitude seminar, Dorothy Cleaves (SunTrust Bank), Sara Traub & Bridget Mullins (Pregnezer, Baysinger, Widemen & Sales, PC), and Edward Dunn (State Farm), and all our guests. Stay tuned for more Financial Fortitude seminars in the future!

Adopt A Highway Spring 2017

Adopt A Highway

The dedicated members of Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter keeping our highways free from litter. Contact the New Mexico Department of Transportation to get your business or organization involved in the Adopt A Highway program.

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Inner Beauty Conference

The president of the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter, Dr. Danielle Riddle-Price presented at the 2017 Inner Beauty Conference to over 140 6th- 8th grade Girls of color! Put on by the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools.

Anti Hazing House Bill Passed

The Anti Hazing Bill (HB200) initiated by Albuquerque Alumnae passes on the New Mexico House floor! Thank you to House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Stapleton for her support.

Delta Days in Washington, DC

Albuquerque Deltas traveled to Washington, D.C. for our annual Delta Days at the Nation's Capital. Sorors enjoying a break with Past National President Marcia Fudge.

Motown The Musical

The Red Carpet reception for Motown The Musical was a hit! Thank you to the cast members Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) and Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye) for joining us at the reception.

World Vision Experience

Albuquerque Alumnae Deltas supported International Awareness with World Vision Experience, a truck that travels the world showing how the displaced and vulnerable live in other countries.

African American Read-In

The Duke City Deltas featured Albuquerque local and NAACP Image Award Nominee Dr. Karissa Culbreath as our 2017 African-American Read-In author for her book "Daddy's Little Girl."

Golden Anniversary High Tea

Celebrating 50 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service! The Golden Anniversary High Tea and Celebration of our Charter Members was delightful!