AIDS United Publishes State Fact Sheets

New Resource Provides Comprehensive  HIV/AIDS Information for Lawmakers and HIV/AIDS Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 19, 2011 – With AIDS United’s newly-published State Fact Sheets, members of Congress, state lawmakers and HIV/AIDS advocates now have access to comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about HIV/AIDS in their states.    The State Fact Sheets were developed for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia using data sets from federal agencies and state health agencies, and other national and local agencies. They provide new and updated data through 2010  representing the HIV/AIDS epidemic over time, including recent demographic data, FY 2010 Ryan White Program and HIV Prevention funding levels and local in-state contact information.  

Each State Fact Sheet also includes information on AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) and ADAP waitlists, Syringe Exchange Programs (SEPs), criminalization of HIV transmission, and other state issues/actions pertaining to HIV, as well as a list of AU Community Partnerships, grantees and other stakeholders. 

“Our State Fact Sheets are the one-stop location for HIV/AIDS information for federal and state lawmakers, HIV/AIDS advocates, AIDS United’s stakeholders and everyone who cares about ending HIV/AIDS in America,” said Mark Ishaug, President & CEO of AIDS United. 

The State Fact Sheets show legislators and their staffs the amount of federal funding that their respective states receive for critical HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and prevention programs.  The Fact Sheets source data from state and local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), amfAR, AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Resource Center, and the Positive Justice Project at the Center for HIV Law and Policy. 

Katy Caldwell, Executive Director of Legacy Community Health Services in Houston, TX, and AIDS United Trustee, believes that the need for AIDS United’s State Fact Sheets is greater than ever to educate lawmakers, their staff and their constituents. 

“Developing and distributing resources to fight this deadly epidemic is not optional,” Caldwell said.  “We who provide services on the ground now have an easy-to-use tool that clearly demonstrates to every Member of Congress from our region and throughout the United States that HIV affects every state and every legislative District.”

To access AIDS United's new State Fact Sheets, click here