Tony Wafford

The Vaccines: Will Black People be at the end of the Line?

During this Covid-19 watch, it seems that there is a tremendous amount of excitement in the news as vaccines move toward federal approval and all the different states racing and running to create plans for who should get the first doses and how the vaccines will be distributed. State and federal health officials have all agreed that front-line healthcare workers who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients should be the first vaccinated, which makes all the sense in the world. Then the conversation seems to be vaccinating seniors in nursing home facilities and those patients in long-term care facilities; and that also makes sense to me.

L.A. Chapter of I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center Celebrate and Commemorate Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th was National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but for I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center, we’re going to celebrate and educate women and girls the entire month of March. When you look at our society and see that there are over 280,000 young ladies 13 and older who are living with HIV in the United States, and some 7,402 women and young girls that were diagnosed with HIV in 2015; we’ve got to talk about it. Black women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for 61% of recent diagnoses but only 13% of the female population. Though most women who acquire HIV through vaginal sex, women who inject drugs are also at risk for HIV.

They Say, ‘It Appears That no one Cares’: But We Do!

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, I saw a story entitled, ‘It appears that no one cares’: Report slams Juvenile Hall for filthy conditions and poor leadership. In the story, they depicted Los Angeles County’s Central Juvenile Hall as a leaderless operation with “unacceptable” and “deplorable” conditions similar to a “Third World country prison.” The story went on to say, that some of the walls were covered in gang graffiti and filth and that no one made an effort to wash it away. Morale among staffers was at “dungeon lows from a workforce that claims to be

Interview with Tony Wafford of I Choose Life on the CDC’s new Doing It Campaign

What is the Doing It campaign?
The Doing It campaign is a new effort by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to encourage all adults – especially those in communities that are most affected by HIV/AIDS like the Black community – to get tested for HIV. Doing It aims to destigmatize the HIV testing conversation, and to make HIV testing a normal part of our lives.

I Don’t Want to Say “I Told You So” But, “I Told You So”

I remember back in 2012 when many in the HIV world were celebrating this new wonder drug called Truvada (PrEP). This new drug was going to be a major tool (their words not mine) in our tool box to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. This magic pill was going to help those at highest risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.

Calling all Brothers

Brothers, we have a duty, a duty to take care of our women. We need to accept responsibility for the rising numbers of HIV/AIDS and STDs in black women. These rising numbers are such a prevalent part of our communities now; that a conversation needs to be expanded to include everyone in the community, straight and gay.