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JUL22

2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa for Second Time

The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) took place July 18 to 22, 2016 in Durban, South Africa—the only African country to host the meeting. AIDS 2016 is the largest gathering of people in the HIV field including people living with HIV, policymakers, service providers, and more. Since the last AIDS Conference that was held in sub-Saharan Africa, also in Durban in 2000, advocates can celebrate the numerous victories won in response to the HIV pandemic but much work remains to be done in order to finally end the epidemic.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL22

HIV Discussion Missing from Republican National Convention

On July 18th, the 41st Republican National Convention opened in Cleveland, Ohio. During the convention, Donald Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee. There has been little mention of HIV/AIDS during the convention or within the 2016 Republican Platform, which was finalized and officially released at the convention.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL22

We Have Insurance, Still Can’t Afford Care

About 91% of Americans are now covered by private or public health insurance through employers, the federal exchange, or Medicaid/Medicare. This impressive coverage rate is the highest in U.S. history, but lately critics, researchers, and policy-influencers are tipping the discourse toward the next big debate: does coverage make health care affordable enough?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 22, 2016


JUL20

Southern AIDS Coalition and North Carolina AIDS Action Network featured in News & Views

Christina Adeleke, communications and development coordinator at North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and Nic Carlisle, executive director at Southern AIDS Coalition, shared some success and challenges to addressing HIV in the South during an interview with Chris Fitzsimmon, as part of NC Policy Watch's News and Views series. Adeleke and Carlisle explained that despite significant policy victories such as the Affordable Care Act and landmark scientific advancements that make living well with HIV possible, "the South is in danger of being left behind."

Posted By: News and Views - Wednesday, July 20, 2016


JUL15

AU Calls for Supervised Injection Facilities, Congress passes CARA

On July 6th, the AIDS United Public Policy Committee released a position statement calling for “implementation, with community support, of local Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) as an HIV/HCV prevention strategy for people who inject drugs.”

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

Congress Breaks for Long Recess

Before lawmakers departed Washington for a seven-week recess on July 14th, they made a last ditch effort to tackle several important legislative duties. Their efforts were comprised of some notable success as well as a bevy of items left undone. They will return after Labor Day with less than a month before government funding is set to expire on September 30th.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

Congress Challenges FDA Blood Donor Deferral Policy

In the wake of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting at Orlando in June 2016, members of Congress have widely criticized the one-year blood donor deferral policy on men who have sex with men (MSM). Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the lifetime ban on MSM from donating blood and updated the policy to a one-year deferral, which allows men who have not had sex with another man within the previous year to donate blood.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

HOPWA Modernization Success

Late last night the Senate passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) which includes the modernization of the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula. The measure will ensure that the HOPWA formula reflects today’s HIV epidemic.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL15

Remarks by Jesse Milan Jr at the LGBTQ Community Leaders Meeting with Democratic U.S. Senators

On July 7, 2016 AIDS United’s Interim President and CEO, Jesse Milan, Jr. participated in a group of LGBTQ community leaders who were invited to a roundtable meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss challenges and legislative strategies that might protect and expand the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, July 15, 2016


JUL01

Congress at an Impasse over Zika and Contentious Policy Riders

Congress continues to grapple with its inability to bridge the partisan divide as it struggles to complete its top duties: funding the federal government and serving the best interests of the American people. While the House and Senate Appropriations committees can boast progress at the committee level—with the Senate Appropriations committee passing all 12 annual funding bills—neither chamber can boast passing more than three funding measures on their respective floors and there is little likelihood that any will be signed into law by the end of fiscal year on September 30th. This is particularly so given the limited work days remaining in the legislative calendar, with recesses taking place around the July 4th holiday and July 16th to September 5th.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, July 01, 2016



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