AIDS United’s Vice President of Policy & Advocacy Ronald Johnson Speaks at Launch of HIV/AIDS Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C.  September 15, 2011  – Today at the launch of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, AIDS United Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Ronald Johnson pledged AIDS United’s help for the new body to meet the goals of the Caucus to maintain global leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world, and to galvanize new leadership in preparation for the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. in July, 2012. 

The newly-formed bi-partisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ).  There are currently 59 members.

“This is a unique moment of opportunity to grow and strengthen U.S. leadership in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Johnson.  “AIDS United pledges our core strengths in helping the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus succeed in these exciting reinvigorated efforts.”

Johnson pointed out that AIDS United’s strategic grant making supports community-driven responses to the epidemic, and helps leverage millions of public and private dollars for critical prevention and access to care programs, and its regional organizing and federal advocacy efforts help build strong networks and educate policy makers about issues affecting people living with HIV/AIDS in America. 

“Our work can help link the Caucus to the diverse communities and populations in this country affected by the epidemic,” he said. 

For Johnson’s complete remarks, click here