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SEP23

The Role of Housing and the Black Church in HIV in America

This year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference served as an opportunity for HIV advocates and members of Congress to demonstrate the ways in which non-medical public health interventions can have an immense impact on black communities who have disproportionately bore the brunt of the HIV epidemic in America. As Representatives Barbara Lee & Keith Ellison showed in their respective panels, oftentimes having a strong faith community to lean on and affordable housing to go home to are vital, but frequently overlooked aspects of HIV prevention & treatment.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP23

Another Year, Another Shutdown Threat

With a presidential election less than 2 months away and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the Senate has decided that now would be an excellent time to get into a game of chicken over another Continuing Resolution. With another government shutdown looming, will they be able to salvage a deal at the eleventh hour?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP23

Seattle Doubles Down On Harm Reduction: Plans to Open Two Supervised Injection Facilities

As the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic continues to grow all around the country, Federal, state and local governments have started looking for innovative approaches to combating substance use disorders. In Seattle, a countywide heroin task force has responded to their own crisis by laying out plans for the first Supervised Injection Facilities in the United States. It's a bold plan, but with the backing of the city and county governments, there's reason to believe it could come to fruition.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP16

Congress Grapples With Continued Delays Over Funding Bill

The clock is ticking down to the end of the fiscal year and Congress still doesn't have its budgetary house in order. A majority of members from both parties want a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, but agreeing on how long it would last is proving difficult. Will a deal get done and what is in the best interests of people living with HIV?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


SEP16

Compounding Risk: Sexual Minority Youth & Injection Drug Use

The numbers don't lie. With gay and bisexual men accounting for 80% of youth HIV diagnoses in America and engaging in injection drug use at a rate 7 times higher than their heterosexual male peers, the question isn't if injection drug use is going to pour fuel on the fire that is the HIV epidemic among sexual minority youth in the US. The question is, how high are the flames going to climb when that fuel touches fire.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


AUG05

Are We Lambs or Lions? A Perspective from HIV Advocates in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to health services, especially HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Coalición Cero VIH Puerto Rico - Friday, August 05, 2016


AUG05

Impact of Historic Abortion Rights Ruling on Texas

Few Supreme Court decisions have been as consequential to women’s health in Texas and nationally as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. In a 5-to-3 ruling last month, the Court struck down a Texas law that made it more difficult to get an abortion and reaffirmed constitutional protections on reproductive freedom.

Posted By: Katy Caldwell CEO, Legacy Community Health - Friday, August 05, 2016


AUG05

Progress Mixed On National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) has guided our national response to the domestic HIV epidemic since its initial release in July of 2010. Six years later, while substantial progress has been made in several key areas of the strategy, progress in others have stalled, according to a new Indicator Supplement released just last week by the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy to celebrate the six-year anniversary of the NHAS.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, August 05, 2016


AUG05

Secretary Clinton Releases Agenda to End AIDS

Following the Democratic National Convention, Secretary Hillary Clinton published a press release which describes her plan to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic if she becomes president and highlighted the speech of Daniel Driffin a man living with HIV from Atlanta. The press release described three main components of her plan, including convening an “End the Epidemic” working group, fully implementing and strengthening the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and launching a campaign to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with HIV.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, August 05, 2016


AUG05

See You in September

Congress left Washington three weeks ago for its seven-and-a-half-week recess in order to hold the two national political conventions. Now it’s time for the Policy Update to take a summer break. We’ll be back after Labor Day. Of course, while we hope all of you will find some time to relax, we don’t want you to forget policy and advocacy completely. Here are a few things to keep in mind and get ready for in September.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, August 05, 2016



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