Welcome to the new and improved website! The site was designed to be more accessible for us, for youth and for our communities. Not only have we have included our Twitter feed for the freshest updates around and added buttons conveniently located at the end of entries so you can share whatever with whomever, whenever (using all the major social networks!), we are also incorporating videos to enrich your surfing experience.

We hope that you like it.

Along with the new design, we are also launching Status Check, a yearlong endeavor, that attempts to reevaluate the role and effects HIV/AIDS-related stigma has on youth. This Project has three main components:

  1. Creating a space where youth are able to share how HIV/AIDS impacts their lives
  2. Creating a more comprehensive dialogue on HIV/AIDS that also incorporates the effects racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, classism and the many other forms of discrimination have on outreach, testing and access to treatment
  3. Interviewing community-based organizations and other nonprofit entities to see what are some obstacles they face in HIV/AIDS education and prevention

The Project hopes to inspire a new generation of youth leaders who will in turn empower their own communities to change the way we look at HIV/AIDS.

Ways to help out:

  • Please tell your family, friends and colleagues about the website
  • Share your story and tell us how HIV/AIDS has affected your life (you don’t necessarily have to be HIV-positive)
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Make a small monetary donation

I want to thank my family and friends for their support. I would also like to acknowledge the Judith Lee Stronach Prize and University of California, Berkeley for their generous financial support and Southern Media for their artistic expertise.

We will be adding more information and functionality over time to make sure that we are providing the most accurate and up-to-date information relevant to our communities.

So in the mean time, take a look around and tell us what you think at hello@beyondstatus.org. Have any suggestions or tips? Is there anything we can do to improve? Want to help us overturn stigma? We would love to hear from you, even if you just want to say hi!

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