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Meet Jesse Milan, Jr – AIDS United’s New President & CEO

Jesse Milan, Jr. was named president & CEO of AIDS United on November 28, 2016. Milan is a 30-year HIV/AIDS advocate and nationally recognized leader and speaker on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. A person living with HIV for over three decades, Mr. Milan’s record of thought leadership and service spans regional, national, and global arenas. I sat down with Mr. Milan to learn more about what motivates him to do this work and what he looks forward to in the New Year.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, January 13, 2017


Repeal Without Replace: Senate Starts Undoing Obamacare With No Replacement

While most of the country was sleeping, the Senate voted in favor of a budget resolution that officially starts the countdown clock to at least a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. However, while there is a little more certainty regarding repeal of the ACA after Thursday morning's vote, Senate Republicans still have no concrete plan for what to replace it with or how to protect the 29 million Americans who stand to lose their insurance in its absence.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 13, 2017


Sessions’ History and America’s Future

Even among the slew of controversial cabinet nominations put forth by President elect Donald Trump, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions stands out. The former US attorney certainly isn't lacking for the resume of an Attorney General upon first glance. However, his poor record on civil rights and history of unconscionable positions on domestic violence, hate crime prevention, immigration mean that any extended scrutiny of his past reveals a man of questionable fitness to be an impartial arbiter of the law for all Americans, as this week's confirmation hearings revealed.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 13, 2017


Breaking Down Barriers to HIV Care

We have the tools to keep people living with HIV healthy and virally suppressed, but here in the US, fewer than half of people living with HIV are taking antiretroviral medications, with only about a third virally suppressed. Looking closer, these rates are even lower among some underserved populations, such as transgender women of color, people living in poverty, and people who are unstably housed. To change that, we set off to find strategies to counter some of our country’s most stubborn barriers to HIV care, such as lack of transportation, housing instability, poverty, HIV stigma, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Monday, January 09, 2017


New Congress Begins; Immediately Attacks the Affordable Care Act and Threatens Domestic Programs Critical to Vulnerable Populations

The 115th Congress began on January 3, 2017. Republican leadership wasted no time in articulating their legislative priorities, particularly with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other domestic programs. Notably, Republicans are attempting to initiate a budget reconciliation process to repeal key ACA programs without a replacement proposal in sight. Republicans are also using the House rules process to increase oversight of unauthorized programs and agencies, which could force reauthorization battles over programs like Ryan White with little warning to advocates.

Posted By: Carmel Shachar, J.D., M.P.H. - Thursday, January 05, 2017


See You Again In April: Congress Settles For Another Short Term Funding Bill

It wasn't pretty or particularly productive, but Congress once again managed avert self-imposed catastrophe by passing a short term stopgap funding bill mere minutes before the federal government was scheduled shutdown. As the last substantial act of the 114th Congress, it effectively hands over the baton to an incoming Congress that promises uncertainty and the potential reduction or elimination of a number of programs that support people living with HIV.

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


CDC Calls for “Swift Action” to Prevent New HIV Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

As the opioid epidemic continues to worsen, public health officials are looking to new data and new perspectives to find a way forward. On the heels of their report on trends in HIV diagnoses, risk behaviors and prevention among people who inject drugs, the Centers for Disease Control hosted a press conference to discuss the implementation of syringe service programs in the U.S. Among the key messages delivered: People Who Inject Drugs know better than health care professional what services they need.

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


US Trans Survey - Injustice (Still) At Every Turn

On December 8th, a small group of around 50 transgender advocates, government officials, community members, and survivors got together for the release of the 2015 US Trans Survey (USTS) in Washington D.C. Building off of the groundbreaking work done in the National Trans Discrimination Survey carried out 6 years ago, the 2015 USTS paints a sobering picture of the lived experience of the trans community in America. AIDS United's Kiefer Paterson was at the 2015 USTS launch event and shares his experience:

Posted By: Kiefer Paterson, Syringe Access Policy Organizer, AIDS United - Friday, December 16, 2016


Building Community in Rural Virginia: An Interview with Kim Williams

Most people living with HIV served by the University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic live in rural communities and travel a significant distance to get to and from the clinic. In addition to the distance they must travel to receive care, most patients face additional barriers to care such as HIV stigma, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, intimate partner violence, or poverty. To better support their patients’ well-being and ability to stay in care, the University of Virginia created a smartphone app, Positive Links. This app supports people living with HIV by providing a virtual community, tools to help track adherence and wellness behaviors, educational resources, and more. I was privileged to be able to speak with Kim Williams, a grandmother, poet, and patient of University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic about her experiences with the Positive Links app.

Posted By: Melissa Werner, Senior Program Manager - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Trump's Nominations Lead To More Uncertainty & Contradiction

Slowly but surely, President-elect Trump has been announcing his nominations for cabinet positions within his administration. Like the President-elect himself, the picks have been surprising, unnerving and, on occasion, downright confusing. Come with us as we analyze three of his most recent nominations for Attorney General, Housing & Urban Development and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and how their appointments might effect people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 09, 2016

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