We Are Orlando

On behalf of NAESM, Inc.’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and supporters, we want to express our most sincere and deepest sympathies over the tragic loss of life suffered and to the countless others who have been affected by the senseless act of violence that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Often times we struggle with explaining and understanding why this level of hate exists, not only in America but across the world as well. As we struggle to put into context why actions like these happen I am encouraged by the solidarity shown amongst all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, queer, same gender loving individuals, and allies regardless of race.

To merely say our thoughts are with our neighbors in the South, is an understatement as it doesn’t begin to perpetuate the heartache, sadness and anger that we share with them. Too frequently in history individuals are targeted for their race, sexual orientation, or sexual identity. Now is the time more than ever for us not only to continue the fight for equality for all LGBTQ+ identified persons but to push further to ensure we achieve the highest level of equity as well.

No act of hate will detour us from coming together as a community, strong and persevering! Pride and unity are more important now than ever to silence the voices of hate we have seen over the past couple of days. As we stand tall for those across the country that are hurting more now than ever I encourage everyone to put their differences aside to be the village for the community. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join us in standing tall. ‪#‎WEAREPULSE‬ ‪#‎WEAREORLANDO‬ ‪#‎WEARENAESM‬

Sincerely,
Darwin Thompson
Executive Director
NAESM, Inc.

NSPIRE – A NAESM Initiative!

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Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2016 – NAESM’s Department of Prevention and Support Services would like to announce NSPIRE, an all-new program to help aid newly diagnosed, HIV positive young men who have sex with men (YMSM). NSPIRE (Necessary Support to Prevent, Intervene, Reduce and Eliminate HIV-related Health Inequities) is one of NAESM’s responses to the HIV lifetime risk data that was released at CROI 2016. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if current HIV diagnoses rates continue, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. For NAESM’s Executive Director, Darwin Thompson, this served as a wakeup call but also an opportunity to redesign and implement targeted HIV prevention programs to ensure NAESM is during our part to help reduce lifetime risk.

“1 in 2 black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime is disheartening but is absolutely preventable. We currently have viable options to help prevent infections which include effective strategies like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP). To support those strategies in the fight against new infections we have structured a program for young men who have sex with men to make sure they’re making healthier and more informed decisions in response to the lifetime HIV risk data presented by the CDC. In addition to this program, as an organization we must continue to have a concentrated focus on YMSM 18-24 years old as they remain the face of the HIV epidemic.” expressed Thompson.

NSPIRE is intended to: assess, acknowledge, and address systematic, structural, personal (emotional, spiritual, physical, familial, mental and/or literacy) and social factors that serve and or may serve as barriers to viral suppression. NSPIRE will stand true to its mission, to connect newly diagnosed HIV positive YMSM between 18-24 years of age with supportive mentors to help them on their road to viral suppression. While the core of this program will focus on viral suppression, mentors will be tasked with working with their mentees to address and achieve other life goals as well.

The mission of NAESM is to provide national and local leadership to address the myriad of health and wellness issues confronted by black gay men through advocacy, services, and education. NAESM, Inc. was created in an effort to counteract the ever increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color with a focus on black gay men. NSPIRE was made possible by generous support from Janssen Therapeutics and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

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If you have any questions about NSPIRE or are interested in becoming a mentor,

feel free to contact Damon Johnson at (404) 691-8880 [ext. 46] or by email at damonj@naesm.org.

 

 

Job Opportunity – Mental Health Counselor

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Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2015 – NAESM is proud to announce the opening of the Mental Health Counselor position. We will be looking for the individual to start as soon as possible. If you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to submit a résumé with a letter of interest. Applications are kept on file for six months. After this time has lapsed, applicants will have to reapply. Salaries are competitive. NAESM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. PLWA are encouraged to apply.

NAESM is a financially solvent service organization with a supportive leadership structure and diverse board of directors that builds a community of Black gay men to eliminate HIV and other health conditions that disproportionately affect our community. NAESM fosters a climate of trust, integrity, and respect that encourages the provision of quality services. NAESM’s goal is to provide national and local leadership to address the myriad of health and wellness issues confronted by black gay men through advocacy, services, and education.

As one of the leading organizations facing these issues head on in the metro Atlanta area, we are transforming and expanding our services to the community at large. These positions can be applied for directly through our site at http://naesm.org/about-us/careers/.
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If you have any questions about the openings, feel free to contact Darwin Thompson at (404) 691-8880 or by email at info@naesm.org.

The MARI (Minority AIDS Research Initiative) Study

This study is designed to target African American Men Seeking Men (MSM) in the Atlanta-Metro area and study both the physiological and environmental aspects that influence health disparities, with a heavy focus on risky sexual behaviors that may attribute to HIV and other STI’s. The study is designed for participants to undergo a physical examination that collects samples of body measurements, blood pressure, height, weight, as well as HIV & STI testing. Participants also complete a survey that further assesses how individual and environmental influences may attribute to risky sexual behaviors among African American MSM. This study is collecting specific data in order to gain a better understanding of this cause.

The MARI (Minority AIDS Research Initiative) Study

November 10-November 16– MARI Study Recruitment

November 17– First MARI Study @ NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 19– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 21– MARI Study Recruitment @West End Mall, 12:00-3:00PM

November 24– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

November 30– MARI Recruitment Event @ Time Lounge, TBA

December 1– World AIDS Day, MARI Recruitment & Incentive Study
 10:00-1:00, Georgia State University
 Morehouse College, Time TBA

December 3– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 5– MARI Study @NAESM, 9:00-1:00
MARI Study Timeline
 9:00-10:30, 3 participants
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:00, Quality Assurance

December 8– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants

December 10-MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants

December 12- MARI Study @NAESM, 9:00-1:00
 9:00-10:30, 3 participants
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:00, Quality Assurance

December 15- MARI Study (MARI Day) @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 17– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

December 22– MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 10:30-12:00, 3 participants
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

**December 28– MARI Study @ NAESM, Tentative
December 29- Last Day of MARI Study @NAESM, 10:30-4:30
 12:00-1:30, 3 participants
 1:30-3:00, 3 participants
 3:00-4:30, Quality Assurance

If you qualify and successfully complete this study, you will receive a $50 gift card on behalf of NAESM, Inc.