National HIV/AIDS Organizations Announce HIV Legislative Week July 23-27


Coalition asks thousands of U.S. residents attending the International AIDS Conference to "Take the Pledge" to visit Members of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 2, 2012 - In an effort to mobilize thousands of HIV/AIDS advocates from across the country who will be attending the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. July 23-27, a group of national HIV/AIDS organizations have created a special step-by-step advocacy toolkit for meeting Members of Congress about HIV/AIDS issues.

AIDS United, AIDSWatch, the National Association for People With AIDS (NAPWA), POZ Army (sponsored by POZ Magazine) and Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP) with the support of many other HIV organizations have launched " HIV Legislative Week in Washington D.C.: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Influencing Policy on Capitol Hill ." The easy-to-use advocacy toolkit is designed for HIV/AIDS advocates and packed with how-to guides, helpful tips, and customizable resources on scheduling and conducting successful legislative visits. People living with or affected by HIV who will be in Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference, marches and mobilizations or visit the AIDS Quilt are encouraged to maximize their visit and share their personal stories and views about why Congress must continue to work on implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to create an AIDS-free generation in the United States.

When downloading the toolkit, advocates are encouraged to " Take the Pledge" via an online form in the website to meet their members of Congress while they are in Washington.

Further Advocacy Opportunities and Petitioning the Government

In addition, the five organizations will be offering advocacy and communications trainings in the Global Village of the International AIDS Conference and at the display of the AIDS Quilt. The five organizations believe that it is particularly appropriate to launch this effort during the week of the Fourth of July. One of the rights enumerated in our Constitution is the right to petition the government, i.e. a right to meet with Members of Congress. We call upon U.S. residents coming to Washington to " Take the Pledge" and meet with their members of Congress.


AIDS United -

The mission of AIDS United is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States through national, regional and local policy/advocacy; strategic grantmaking; technical assistance and organizational capacity building.

Contact: Rob Banaszak, Communications Director, (202) 408-4848, ext 214, mobile (202) 340-7099 or

AIDSWatch -

AIDSWatch began in 1992 as a grassroots effort to address the federal government's response to HIV and AIDS, making it the oldest constituent based HIV advocacy event. Every year, hundreds of persons living with HIV and AIDS, their supporters, and other advocates come together in Washington, D.C. to inform and educate members of Congress and their staffs about issues of importance to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Contact: Matthew Lesieur, (347) 756-0627 or

National Association for People with AIDS (NAPWA) -

Founded in 1983, NAPWA is the largest and oldest national advocacy organization for People Living with HOV/AIDS (PLWHA), and the most trusted voice in the HIV/AIDS community advocating for the lives and dignity of all people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, especially the more than 1.2 million Americans living with it today.

Contact: Matthew Lesieur, Vice President for Public Policy, (347) 756-0627 or

POZ Army -

The POZ Army is a global grassroots collective of people fighting for the cure for AIDS and treatment for all until a cure is found. Go to to enlist today.

Contacts : Regan Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief, POZ Magazine, 212-242-5616 or or Ian Anderson, President, Smart + Strong, 212-938-2046 or

Treatment Access Expansion Project -

The Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP) is committed to bringing together advocates, consumers, health care providers, and government leaders in support of early access to high-quality and affordable care and treatment for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions.

Contact: Malinda Ellwood, Fellow, Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, (781) 424-8198 or


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Link to Pledge:

Link to Advocacy Trainings: