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JUL29

“License to Discriminate” Legislation Angers LGBTQ Community

On July 12th, exactly one month after the horrifying massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on H.R. 2802, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). I attended this hearing on behalf of AIDS United.

Posted By: Ashley Burnside, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Friday, July 29, 2016


JUL29

Democratic National Convention: “Don’t Boo. Vote!”

On July 26th, the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the convention, Secretary Hillary Clinton officially became the Democratic presidential nominee, making her the first woman to ever be nominated by a major political party in the United States. The convention brought together politicians, celebrities, and Americans to unify the Democratic Party behind the presumptive candidate, despite heavy protests from the “Bernie or Bust” movement and the resignation of the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz following the WikiLeaks of top DNC officials' emails. The leaked emails suggested that committee staff complained about and brainstormed ways to spin the media against Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign, despite the expectation that the DNC should remain neutral during the primary. The content of these emails further infuriated some Sanders supporters and delegates–leading to protests that flared up at times throughout the convention.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 29, 2016


JUL29

Ready to Do More for Access, Equity, and Rights Now

“Bringing the marginalized to the center of attention,” could have been the subtheme for this year’s International AIDS Conference held July 18-23, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. Access, Equity, and Rights Now was the conference’s official theme. It demanded that we focus on key populations affected by HIV that countries and communities often ignore, shun, criminalize, and stigmatize.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr. Interim President and CEO, AIDS United - Friday, July 29, 2016


JUL22

2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa for Second Time

The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) took place July 18 to 22, 2016 in Durban, South Africa—the only African country to host the meeting. AIDS 2016 is the largest gathering of people in the HIV field including people living with HIV, policymakers, service providers, and more. Since the last AIDS Conference that was held in sub-Saharan Africa, also in Durban in 2000, advocates can celebrate the numerous victories won in response to the HIV pandemic but much work remains to be done in order to finally end the epidemic.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL22

HIV Discussion Missing from Republican National Convention

On July 18th, the 41st Republican National Convention opened in Cleveland, Ohio. During the convention, Donald Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee. There has been little mention of HIV/AIDS during the convention or within the 2016 Republican Platform, which was finalized and officially released at the convention.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL22

We Have Insurance, Still Can’t Afford Care

About 91% of Americans are now covered by private or public health insurance through employers, the federal exchange, or Medicaid/Medicare. This impressive coverage rate is the highest in U.S. history, but lately critics, researchers, and policy-influencers are tipping the discourse toward the next big debate: does coverage make health care affordable enough?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL20

Southern AIDS Coalition and North Carolina AIDS Action Network featured in News & Views

Christina Adeleke, communications and development coordinator at North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and Nic Carlisle, executive director at Southern AIDS Coalition, shared some success and challenges to addressing HIV in the South during an interview with Chris Fitzsimmon, as part of NC Policy Watch's News and Views series. Adeleke and Carlisle explained that despite significant policy victories such as the Affordable Care Act and landmark scientific advancements that make living well with HIV possible, "the South is in danger of being left behind."

Posted By: News and Views - Wednesday, July 20, 2016


JUL15

AU Calls for Supervised Injection Facilities, Congress passes CARA

On July 6th, the AIDS United Public Policy Committee released a position statement calling for “implementation, with community support, of local Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) as an HIV/HCV prevention strategy for people who inject drugs.”

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

Congress Breaks for Long Recess

Before lawmakers departed Washington for a seven-week recess on July 14th, they made a last ditch effort to tackle several important legislative duties. Their efforts were comprised of some notable success as well as a bevy of items left undone. They will return after Labor Day with less than a month before government funding is set to expire on September 30th.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

Congress Challenges FDA Blood Donor Deferral Policy

In the wake of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting at Orlando in June 2016, members of Congress have widely criticized the one-year blood donor deferral policy on men who have sex with men (MSM). Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the lifetime ban on MSM from donating blood and updated the policy to a one-year deferral, which allows men who have not had sex with another man within the previous year to donate blood.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016



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