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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who use drugs

Calculating the true damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is a difficult task. We can note that more than 519,000 Americans have died due to complications from COVID-19 over the past year, but that number does not reflect all of the death and undue suffering this virus and our nation’s response have caused.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 05, 2021


Congressional Community Project Funding: How new rules can benefit HIV organizations.

The House Committee on Appropriations has recently announced new rules for community project funding. This process, also known as earmarking or pork-barrel spending, is the often misunderstood and disparaged funding process of inserting provisions into appropriations bills that allow for the direct funding of certain projects. This means that these funding recipients will not have to respond to requests for proposals to receive federal dollars.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 05, 2021


A reflection from AIDS United's Zamora Fellow on centering racial justice in ending the epidemic

Zamora Public Policy fellow Jake Soria reflects on the importance of centering racial justice in ending the epidemic. Through uplifting the voices of black community members, we can begin to have the needed conversations on how to prioritize Black leaders in HIV advocacy and create effective strategies for ensuring that BIPOC communities are receiving the treatment necessary to result in equitable health outcomes and an end to the HIV epidemic by 2025.

Posted By: Jake Soria, Zamora Public Policy Fellow - Friday, February 26, 2021


Senate confirmations that HIV advocates have been waiting for

The current crises of COVID-19 and HIV have not made as much progress as we would have hoped, especially considering that there have been delays in getting leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services. AIDS United’s policy team has been watching closely, including key confirmation hearings for HHS leadership.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 26, 2021


Syringe Access Fund Awards Advocacy Grant to Indiana and Oklahoma Harm Reduction Programs

The Syringe Access Fund is excited to announce the awarding of two advocacy grants, totaling $100,000 each, to the Indiana Recovery Alliance and the Oklahoma Harm Reduction Alliance. These organizations are committed to expanding comprehensive harm reduction services to people who use drugs, including syringe exchange services, primary care, testing and treatment for HIV and viral hepatitis, and linkage to medication for opioid use disorder and substance use disorder treatment.

Posted By: Kimberly Valmores - Thursday, February 25, 2021


Five things people living with HIV need to know about the next COVID package

While we are still awaiting the official bill text from the House Budget Committee, there are several items that we are watching in this next round of COVID relief. We anticipate this bill will closely resemble the $1.9 trillion package that President Biden outlined, but this bill is likely to face hurdles passing the Senate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 19, 2021


Black sex workers’ history is Black history

This Black History Month, we celebrate the work of Gloria Lockett, the founder of CAL-PEP and a longtime advocate for sex workers. From the earliest days of the HIV epidemic, Lockett worked to ensure sex workers had resources tailored for them.

Posted By: Anna Forbes, MSS - Friday, February 12, 2021


HIV activism: Commemorating NBHAAD during the COVID-19 pandemic

"I’m taking my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine later this week to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It’s considerably an eccentric way to celebrate, but during this unprecedented year, it makes the most sense to me."

Posted By: Ian L. Haddock - Thursday, February 04, 2021


How Biden’s first week in office impacts the work to end the HIV epidemic

Over the coming weeks, we are hopeful that the Biden administration will not only continue to address COVID-19 but also begin to lay the foundation for ending the epidemic by 2025.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 29, 2021


FDA approves injectable treatment for HIV

The United States Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a new injectable treatment for HIV. The monthly treatment is a marked change from the current daily pill regimen and a significant development in our nation’s fight to end the HIV epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 29, 2021

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