September 7, 2017

New Casa Ruby initiative to fight global HIV/AIDS epidemic

This article originally appeared on Washington Blade.

Casa Ruby will use the U.S. Conference on AIDS as the backdrop to officially launch a new initiative designed to fight the global epidemic.

Casa Ruby CEO Ruby Corado said Gilead Sciences has given her organization “an initial gift of” $500,000. Corado told the Washington Blade that Casa Ruby will also partner with the D.C. Department of Health and “finally become a full AIDS service provider.”

She said Casa Ruby will sign four “new human care agreements” with the department that “will bring HIV prevention and care services to Casa Ruby paid by DOH for the first time ever.”

“Casa Ruby was the response to HIV and AIDS and violence and transgender non-conforming immigrants and poor communities that are part of the LGBT umbrella,” Corado told the Blade last week during an interview, noting 2017 is Casa Ruby’s fifth anniversary. “It was a community dream to bring people who were disenfranchised, disconnected to work together.”

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