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Can I Count On You?

Can I count on your support to ensure the Ryan White program stays funded for the next few years, as we work out the details of Affordable Care Act implementation? Can I count on you to do everything in your power to repeal HIV criminalization laws, because they unfairly target and stigmatize people living with HIV? These are the questions I want every legislator in Congress to look me in the eyes and answer.

Posted By: Naina Khanna, US People Living with HIV Caucus Steering Committee Member, and AIDS United Trustee - Monday, November 16, 2015


Raise Your Voice – Make Change – Register for AIDSWatch 2016

We have the science to end the HIV epidemic. We just need the political will. That’s why AIDSWatch, the largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy day, is more important than ever. Last year, AIDSWatch brought together nearly 400 advocates from 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to the nation’s capital. Collectively, AIDSWatch represented states that account for 92% of the current U.S. epidemic. Advocates had 220 congressional meetings – including 70 attended by a Member of Congress – to tell their stories and educate them about important issues to people living with HIV in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President and CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, November 04, 2015


AIDS United: Making the Promise a Reality

For almost three decades, AIDS United has supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected people, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South, people struggling with substance abuse, those living in poverty, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, July 16, 2015


AIDSWatch 2015 and the Trans* Experience

What do you do when you are invited into a space and seemingly forgotten once you are present?

Posted By: Tommy Luckett is a Little Rock, Arkansas-based PWN-USA member and an adviser with the network Positively Trans. - Friday, April 24, 2015


One Ounce of Truth: The Collective Power of AIDSWatch 2015

Stop! I immediately thought of HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) and the truth we were striving to share with members of Congress on April 14, 2015. Four hundred advocates from thirty states and Puerto Rico were about to converge on Capitol Hill as part of AIDSWatch 2015. One of my peers said, “You cannot stay adherent to medications if you are homeless.” Another said, ”There are currently fifty thousand households served by HOPWA while 1.2 million people in America live with HIV.”

Posted By: Susan Mull is a PWN-USA member, poet, writer, educator, and longtime activist based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. - Friday, April 24, 2015


AIDSWatch 2014: The Power of Advocacy and Sharing Our Stories

As people living with HIV/AIDS, we intimately know the many barriers preventing us from achieving the possible, an AIDS free generation. Despite the discovery of the HIV virus in the 1980’s, our youth continue to be poorly educated on sexual health at homes and in our public schools. Stigma is real and continues to be a factor that not only prevents people from getting tested, but also from disclosing their HIV-status and being linked and retained in high quality care, treatment and supportive services.

Posted By: Michael Emanuel Rajner, Steering Committee Member, United States People Living with HIV Caucus (USPLHIV) - Friday, May 23, 2014


Watching AIDSWatch Change Lives

I didn’t know what to expect from AIDSWatch as a participant, but as an employee I realized early in my fellowship that it involved a lot of work. As a Pedro Zamora fellow working in the office of AIDS United, I saw firsthand the preparation that went into organizing this event. I answered some of the calls from scholarship participants and I got to witness the excitement in the office as the dates of AIDSWatch slowly approached. From the time I started my fellowship in late January, staff was already working diligently to plan fine details. So when the time finally arrived, I was hopeful that this event would be as successful as anticipated.

Posted By: Bernadette Carriere, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Friday, May 09, 2014


Moved to Tears: A Blog from 2014 AIDSWatcher Ed Barron

I have attended AIDSWatch in the past and was excited to be able to participate again. This time — more than before — I felt it important to put a face to AIDS. As a long term survivor having tested positive in 1986, I have survived the “Plague Years.” And though science has made many advances and we are surviving longer there is an even greater need for the Federal Government to finance support services, not only for the newly diagnosed but those of us that are still living. It is important for our lawmakers to realize we would like to live a full life as do all other people living in the United States

Posted By: Ed Barron, AIDSWatch 2014 Advocate, New Jersey - Friday, May 02, 2014


AIDSWatch Blog: Bringing My Personal Story to Capitol Hill

My father passed away from AIDS in the early 1990s. Since his death, sharing my story has been intimidating because of HIV/AIDS stigma. Whether it is the fear of judgment or the shame that society inadvertently makes people feel surrounding the disease, most people – me included – shut down and hide themselves. AIDSWatch is a forum that allows people living with HIV/AIDS to share their story with legislators so their voices can finally be heard.

Posted By: Kayla Patterson in AIDSWatch and Policy/Advocacy, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Thursday, May 01, 2014

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