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Monique Tula Named AIDS United Vice President of Programs

AIDS United, dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S., has promoted Monique Tula to vice president of programs, overseeing all grant-making and capacity building initiatives at the agency, effective March 1, 2016. Tula brings more than 20 years of progressive leadership, harm reduction and organizational development experience in the HIV field.


Lifting of Federal Ban and $2.6 Million in Private Investments in Syringe Exchange Programs Reduces Risk of Future HIV Outbreaks

Scott County became the epicenter of the largest outbreak of HIV in Indiana’s history when more than 188 people became newly infected early last year. This unprecedented injection-drug related HIV outbreak devastated the region and captivated the nation’s attention. The CDC estimates lifetime treatment costs associated with the epidemic may exceed $100 million. Sadly, with sound policy and appropriate resources the outbreak was preventable.


Fighting for Social Justice and an end to AIDS in the South

Twenty-one organizations, across nine states in the Deep-South heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS, received critical, innovative, advocacy project funding to advance the rights, health and dignity of people affected by HIV. Through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, AIDS United granted $1.4 million to 21 organizations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.


The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) Named Presenting Sponsor of AIDSWatch 2016

AIDSWatch organizers are thrilled to announce The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) as Presenting Sponsor for AIDSWatch 2016. AIDSWatch, the largest constituent-based HIV advocacy event in the U.S., will bring hundreds of HIV advocates to Washington, D.C. from across the country to educate Congress about the policies and resources needed to end the HIV epidemic. In tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS, ETAF is named presenting sponsor and is contributing $100,000 to the event, which is organized by the Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP), AIDS United and the US People Living with HIV Caucus. AIDSWatch 2016 will take place February 29 - March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.


Getting Back to Our Roots: Engaging People Living with HIV as More than Just Patients

With support from AIDS United’s Positive Organizing Project, nine community-based organizations throughout the country will implement innovative approaches to revitalize grassroots mobilization and engagement of people living with HIV. With funding from the Gilead Foundation, the nine grantees will implement programs that improve HIV treatment outcomes by addressing HIV-related stigma and raising awareness of HIV among community leaders and policy makers.


Twenty-Seven Community Organizations Receive Critical Funding to Turn Tide of HIV in Deep South

With support from AIDS United, 27 community-based organizations in the U.S. South have developed innovative and effective advocacy projects that protect and advance the health and wellbeing of people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS throughout the Deep South. With support from the Ford Foundation, AIDS United recently granted $1 million to organizations in the Southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


AIDS United AmeriCorps Members Respond to HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Washington D.C., AIDS United AmeriCorps members are responding to the recent HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana by providing HIV testing and other key services in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health. Southeastern Indiana, an area with few new HIV diagnoses annually, has confirmed more than 80 new cases this year, with more anticipated. This represents an explosive increase in new HIV diagnoses this year, moving Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to declare a public health emergency.


Organizations at Forefront of Fight Against HIV Given New Flexibility to Provide Treatment Services

AIDS United welcomes the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau’s new Policy Clarification Notice (#15-01) which revises an overly-restrictive interpretation of the Ryan White Program’s 10% administrative cap.


1-Year Blood Donation Deferral Policy a Step in the Right Direction, Still Needlessly Discriminates Against Gay and Bisexual Men

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it recommends replacing the outdated lifetime blood-donation ban for gay and bisexual men with a one-year deferral period — requiring gay and bisexual men to be celibate for twelve months — before being eligible to donate blood. While removing the lifetime ban is a step forward, even the one-year deferral continues to perpetuate discrimination against gay and bisexual men.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Makes $1 Million Investment, Joining Johnson & Johnson to Support Sector Transformation for HIV/AIDS Service Organizations

Bristol-Myers Squibb commits $1 million to help AIDS service organizations navigate the new realities of health reform. The investment builds on founding support from Johnson & Johnson that launched the Sector Transformation Initiative at AIDS United in 2012. The Initiative helps HIV/AIDS service organizations integrate with the broader health care system to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) using strategic grants, educational opportunities, and technical assistance.

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