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DEC02

Replacing Obamacare: A Look At Competing Conservative Health Care Proposals

During the 6 years since it was signed into law, House Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 60 times. Now that the GOP will have control of The White House and both chambers of Congress in 2017, they're certainly going to do something to transform America's health care laws. The question is, what? We can't know for sure, but existing plans from Republican leadership can provide a glimpse of what might be coming down the road.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 02, 2016


NOV10

HIV Advocates Face Challenges New & Old After Stunning US Elections

As HIV advocates, many of us went into Tuesday's election laboring under the belief that they would soon be dealing with a new administration led by a woman who had a track record of working to end the HIV epidemic for more than 20 years. Instead, we are faced with a President-elect who has campaigned on the promise of repealing the Affordable Care Act and had no HIV/AIDS policy as part of his campaign. The coming years will most assuredly be tough ones, but experience tells us that we have the strength to persevere through them.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 10, 2016


NOV07

Why More is At Stake This Election Than You Think

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you will likely already know that Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day across the United States. To say that this election cycle has been been hard to watch would be an understatement. The news cycle has been primarily focused on the general public’s disdain towards the candidates and the nasty attacks and harmful rhetoric that has been on display for the world to see (and hear). While having to select the next leader of the free world in these conditions may seem to be disheartening for some, we still need to participate in the political process because too much is at stake.

Posted By: Christina Adeleke, Esq.,Communications and Development Coordinator, North Carolina AIDS Action Network - Monday, November 07, 2016


NOV04

Race for the White House: HIV is Invisible but Election Outcome will be Real

Rarely in the 240 year history of America have the choices for President contrasted so starkly on such a wide array of issues. Among those issues, health care has undoubtedly been one of the most contentious and vitally important, even if that wasn't always reflected in the media's coverage of the race. For people living with HIV, the differences between the two candidates can be especially impactful. It is crucial that people living HIV make themselves aware of the candidates' positions when it comes to their health & well being so that they can make informed decisions when exercising their right to vote.

Posted By: Ronald Johnson, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, AIDS United - Friday, November 04, 2016


NOV04

What We Talk About When We Talk About Substance Use Disorders

For far too long, outdated and stigmatizing language has dominated the way that we as a society talk about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. While they may sound harmless enough, terms like "substance abuse" and referring to urinalysis results as "clean" or "dirty" can foster negative stereotypes and hamper the ability of professionals to effectively work with their clients while also lowering the self-esteem of the person who is using drugs. However, with the Office of National Drug Control Policy releasing a new document that emphasizes the need for person-first language, could that paradigm finally be shifting?

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Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 04, 2016


OCT21

Three Debates: Little Guidance for Voters

If their primary purpose was to inform and educate the American electorate, this election's presidential debates have been an undeniable failure. Characterized by vicious personal attacks and a preoccupation with the candidates' past scandals, these debates were more spectacle than substance, with the end result being that vitally important topics like health care, HIV and drug policy were went largely ignored and unexamined.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 21, 2016


OCT14

Bandage It or Blow It Up? Clinton & Trump Offer Differing Health Care Plans During Debate

During a 2nd presidential debate that was largely defined by the scandals that preceded it, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump found the time to share their plans on how to improve the nation's health care system. With approaches that reflected the tone and tenor of their campaigns along with the platforms of their respective parties, the candidates tried to convince voters to buy into their vision for the future of health care reform in America.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


OCT14

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: Unity in Diversity

Every year at the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people living in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain and Latin America, we commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This brief article from Luis Scaccabarrozzi of The Latino Commission on AIDS shows the diversity and strength of the Hispanic/Latinx community in the United States while also shining a light on the unique challenges faced by leaders of the Latinx community, community based organizations, health departments, and elected officials in working to end the AIDS epidemic within the Latinx community.

Posted By: Luis Scaccabarrozzi, MPH, Senior Director of Health Policy, Latino Commission on AIDS - Friday, October 14, 2016


OCT14

The NIH & CDC Expand Initiatives To Address HIV In Transgender Communities

For far too long, transgender people have been disproportionately affected by HIV and yet there is a distinct lack of reliable HIV surveillance data for transgender populations. With the NIH formally designating sexual and gender minorities as a disparity population for research purposes and the CDC recently issuing a brief outlining the importance of the transgender community in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the attention and resources devoted to research around HIV and transgender people will increase.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


OCT14

This Isn't Just Research, It's Our Lives: Centering Trans Stories In HIV Treatment & Prevention

Data can tell a meaningful story, one that elicits understanding and creates an empathetic response to those who experience the world differently. It is well past time for the scientific community to start prioritizing HIV research specific to transgender people so that our stories can be heard.

Posted By: Emmett Patterson, Program Associate & Trainer - Friday, October 14, 2016



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