Chinese New Year Bazaar

Date : 11 Feb 2015

Time : 12pm to 2pm

Venue : 1 Raffles Quay

Are you ready for Chinese New Year? Why not pick up some handmade decoration perfect for Chinese New Year !

These are made by persons living with HIV, and 100% of proceeds go towards helping them fund raise for medication And treatment cost.

Do drop by and show your support.

AfA Look Back 2014

As the year draw to a close, we would like to take this chance to look back on a wonderful year, filled with activities, sweat and joy.

So here’s a huge thank you to all our volunteers, members and advocates. We couldn’t have done it without you. Let’s do it (even) better in 2015.

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Song – Broke for Free – Night Owl http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Directionless_EP/

Rethink AIDS

The Kaleidoscope, comprising solely of students from SIM-UB, started off with a dream. A dream to present great music for an even greater cause. Finally, it has all come to fruition.

We will be holding a music festival in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2014 featuring renowned local bands like A Vacant Affair, Aspectrum, The Summer State, Cashew Chemists, Sphaeras and Pleasantry.

Through our event, we hope to generate awareness among youths and reduce the stigma associated with people living with HIV/AIDS. Its time to change our perspectives and #RethinkAIDS!

This is a NON-TICKETED event, so please come and show your support because only you can make it happen. 22/11/2014 at Beep Studios, see you there!

Stay updated with us at–
FB Kaleidoscope Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kaleidoscope/535700449897877

FB Rethink AIDS event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/291288194393053/

Instagram: @thekaleidoscope264

Twitter: @Kaleidoscope264

 

Kim Choo donates 10% of Pineapple Tarts sales proceed to AfA

November 2014 – As part of  their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s has selected AfA as their choice CSR partner cum beneficiary.

From now till 20th Feb 2015, with every purchase of Kim Choo’s famous Crispy Pineapple Tarts, Kim Choo Kueh Chang will donate 10% of sales proceeds for the first 1000 bottles purchased.

Pineapple Tarts

Have you ever wondered why eat Pineapple Tarts during special festive seasons; Chinese Lunar New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali & Christmas? The history of our local Pineapple Tarts tells of a story on how our shared heritage came to existence. At Kim Choo Kueh Chang Pte Ltd, they continue to share this story with their visitors when they visit their boutique shop along 109 East Coast Road. As our community partner, Kim Choo Kueh Chang Pte Ltd is pledging 10% of the sales on their tarts between 20th Oct 2014 to 20th Feb 2015 to the AfA Singapore to help raise funds and awareness for our efforts in serving our local community.

Alternatively, you can donate to us online to support our cause.

AfA would like to thank you, and Kim Choo Kueh Chang for the generous support.

Purchase Pineapple Tarts

Please do visit their website at http://www.kimchoo.com to find out more about their establishment.

Online Donation through Credit/Debit Card

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Upon clicking “Donate”, you will be directed to an external page hosted by “MC Payment“, where the transaction will be completed, after which, you will be re-directed back here.


REFUND POLICY

Requests for donation refunds can be made via AFA or the card-issuing bank/ company should there be an error in the amount of donation payment, if the donor wants to retract his/her donations or if there was unauthorised usage of the credit or debit card for the donation.

Click here for full refund policy.

Other ways to donate

Job Opportunity: MTS Coordinator (update)

If you’re a citizen or a permanent resident and if looking for a career change that is both challenging and fulfilling, join Singapore’s leading independent, non-government organisation of HIV experts.

AFA dedicates it’s mission to fighting AIDS/HIV infection in Singapore. It draws upon a network of healthcare professionals, advocates, educators and volunteers, to implement educational, testing, treatment and welfare programmes.

We will not be able to achieve our mission from individuals. It takes an entire team united behind something big.

Together, we are Doing it Better.


We are looking for an energetic, passionate, people-oriented team player with a positive attitude to join our team dedicated to the cause of educating the diverse community and providing care and support to PLHIV (People Living with HIV).

If you a self motivated and people-oriented who believe you have what it takes to value add to the community programme, you are who we are looking for. Join us and add your voice and talents to our programmes.

General Job Scope:

– assist in driving and maintaining MTS’ operating vehicle
– ensure infection control compliance of MTS operating vehicle and all operational related equipment/supplies/facilities
– 5 day work week: 9 am to 6 pm. (incumbent must be able to support our operation on weekends and public holidays)

This is a full time position with a 3 month probation period.

Remuneration will be based on candidate’s work experience and qualification

Salary range  : Negotiable

Please send your cover letter together with your resume inclusive of recent photo, A photocopy of a valid Class3/3B Singapore driving License, together with your salary expectation below.

Requirements

– Posses at least with Class 3/3B driving licence
-able to converse effectively in English, Malay/Chinese/Tamil/Dialects

Education and Experience:

– minimum “O” or “A” levels,
– familiar with Microsoft office applications
– background in healthcare/ counselling an added advantage

Key Competencies:

Background in healthcare/ counselling is an advantage otherwise training will be provided, organisation and planning skills, work management and prioritising skills, verbal and written communication skills, problem solving ability, attention to detail, accuracy, flexibility, reliability, teamwork, resourceful etc. Ability to speak dialect is welcomed


All job applicants would be deemed to have given full consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal data as a condition of pre-employment, under Personal Data Protection Act. Job applications received after the closing date will be removed and deleted from AfA’sdatabases.


Apply Today: Good luck!!

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All job applicants would be deemed to have given full consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal data as a condition of pre-employment, under Personal Data Protection Act. Job applications received after the closing date will be removed and deleted from AfA’sdatabases.

The Normal Heart (Update – Photo Album)

AFA (Action for AIDS, Singapore) presents a special, free, by invitation only screening of ‘The Normal Heart’ courtesy of HBO. The event took place on 10 Sep 2014 at Golden Village, Great World City.

Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts star in THE NORMAL HEART. Directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.

 

Gay and MSM Community Sexual Health Survey Singapore 2014

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HIV infection is spreading rapidly in our community. In 2013 56% of the newly detected HIV infections were among gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM). We estimate that over 5% of all MSM in Singapore are HIV infected. The situation is especially urgent because HIV is infecting more young men, many of whom have not yet started their careers.

Effective information and prevention programmes are needed to slow down the spread of HIV. We are therefore seeking to improve our understanding of sexual health behaviour and attitudes. The Information you provide in this survey is anonymous and will assist us and our partners to plan programmes and deliver services to meet your needs, and the needs of other MSM.

 

What is a 4th gen HIV test?

The AFA Anonymous Testing Services have been providing simple, quick and affordable HIV testing utilising 3rd generation test kits for both blood and oral fluids. In an effort to improve our services, the AFA anonymous testing clinic and mobile testing services will be introducing the 4th generation test kits.


What’s the difference between 4th and 3rd gen test kits?

Fourth-generation tests kits look for both antibodies AND antigens.

  • P24 Antigens are proteins on the surface of the HIV particle.
  • Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to the HIV antigens. They fit together like a lock and key.

 

Immune response of HIV infection

3rd generation tests take 6-8 weeks and only tests for antibodies.

4th generation tests are accurate 14 days after exposure, because this is when the p24 antigen becomes high enough to measure; effectively reducing the window period by average of 14 days.

A negative result at 28 days is good news but it is not conclusive. UK guidelines (BASHH) say that an early negative result at 28 days (1 month) needs to be confirmed with a second test 90 days (3 months) after the exposure.

Ask for the 4th Generation Test at one of the following services provided by AFA at $40 per test.

Click to learn more about each service.


More about p24 antigen

One distinctive HIV antigen is a viral protein called p24, a structural protein that makes up most of the HIV viral core, or ‘capsid’. High levels of p24 are present in the blood serum of newly infected individuals during the short period between infection and seroconversion, making p24 antigen assays useful in diagnosing primary HIV infection.

Antibodies to p24 are produced during seroconversion, rendering p24 antigen undetectable after seroconversion in most cases. Therefore, p24 antigen assays are not reliable for diagnosing HIV infection after its very earliest stages. However, HIV infection can be reliably diagnosed earlier with combined antibody/antigen tests than with purely antibody-detecting tests, and fourth-generation antibody/antigen tests are now the standard screening assay in the UK and some other countries.

More about HIV antibodies

Antibodies are protein molecules produced by the immune system in response to allergens, infectious organisms (including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites), and sometimes (in autoimmune disorders) the body’s own components.

Infectious organisms and allergens display characteristic proteins called antigens. The immune system recognises and responds to antigens by generating corresponding antibodies. An antibody is designed to ‘fit’ only one particular antigen, rather like a key in a lock. (The word ‘antigen’ in fact derives fromantibody generation.) By locking on to the antigen-bearing intruders, antibodies aim to render them harmless, to kill them outright, or to ‘tag’ them for destruction by other components of the immune system.

One or two weeks after initial exposure to HIV, antibodies to HIV antigens begin to appear in the blood, at concentrations which continue to increase for several more months. These antibodies persist for life, providing distinctive markers which can be identified by HIV screening tests

Novel immune-suppressant vaccine

A novel and relatively simple vaccine that can be administered orally has managed to completely block rectal infection with SIV, the monkey equivalent of HIV, in rhesus macaques and produced rapid re-suppression of viral load in monkeys who were previously infected with SIV.

The vaccine, whose success at blocking infection was described by its own designers as ‘surprising’ and ‘unexpected’, appears to work by stimulating the production of a previously unknown group of CD8 T-cells that stopped the monkeys’ CD4 cells from recognising SIV as a foreign invader, thereby preventing an immune response to SIV. This suppressant effect – which works in the opposite way to a traditional vaccine – means that the SIV is deprived of the SIV-specific immune-activated CD4 cells it needs in order to proliferate and establish an infection in the body.

The vaccine consisted of inactivated SIV administered alongside doses of familiar bacteria – in the first case the TB-suppressant bacterium BCG, and subsequently with gut bacteria of the Lactobacillus genus, including one type commonly used in probiotic supplements. This suggests that if human studies replicate the success seen in monkeys (by no means assured in vaccine studies) the vaccine could be administered in a drink.

Two initial safety trials are now planned in humans. In one, HIV-negative volunteers at low risk of HIV will be given the vaccine to see if it stimulates the same immune- and virus-suppressant responses. In the other, HIV-positive volunteers on fully-suppressive antiviral therapy will be given the vaccine and then taken off ART six months later if test tube results suggest the vaccine has produced such responses.

First published – Aug 26 2014 – AIDS Map

Annual General Meeting 2014

Dear Members,

we’re pleased to inform you that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2014 of Action for AIDS Singapore will be held on:Date : 29 August 2014 (Friday)
Time : 7.30pm (Registration will start at 7pm)
Venue : 9 Kelantan Lane, #05-01, Singapore 208628

2. Agenda :

a. To confirm the minutes of Annual General Meeting 2013 of the organisation;
b. To adopt the audited financial statements of the organisation for the financial year ended 31 December 2013;
c. To adopt the annual report of the organisation for the financial year ended 31 December 2013;
d. To appoint the Auditors 2014;
e. Election of office bearers 2014;
f. Any other business.
3. If you would like to table an item for discussion, kindly submit details to the Hon. Secretary, by Monday 25 August 2014.4. The FY2013 Annual Report and Statement of Account will be made available on the date of AGM.

5. Please indicate your attendance by returning the Attendance Reply Slip or email us by 25 August 2014.

6. We would be happy to assist if you require any clarification. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 6254 0212 or email: info@afa.org.sg

7. We look forward to your continued support and hope to see you at the AGM.

Yours Sincerely,

Ms Dawn Mok
Hon Secretary