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From Safety Nets to Barbed Wire: Secretary Azar Takes Money from HIV Programs to Pay for Detention of Immigrant Children

In a letter that was sent to Congressional appropriators earlier this month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated his intent to reallocate $266 million in funds within HHS to be used in the detention of immigrant children, with at least $9.5 million of that coming from federal HIV funding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 21, 2018


In Congress, Bipartisan Cooperation Prevails on Appropriations Measures

The appropriations process for fiscal year 2019 has stayed surprisingly on track, with legislators achieving nearly unprecedented bipartisan work to fund the federal government before a potential October 1st shutdown.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 21, 2018


Before Celebrities Spoke of AIDS: A Reflection from the Beginning of the Epidemic

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, our friends from the Desert AIDS Project, including founding executive director George Sonsel, look back to the beginning of the HIV epidemic and reflect on what the progress since then means to them.

Posted By: Desert AIDS Project - Friday, September 14, 2018


Congressional Update

It’s been an eventful week on the Hill, with legislators working to beat the clock on a number of time-sensitive pieces of legislation. Check out an update on various congressional actions below.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, September 14, 2018


Respecting My Elders

Self-described 'burgeoning adult' reflects on what it means to respect your elders on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.

Posted By: Joseph Sewell, Program Associate - Thursday, September 13, 2018


At USCA 2018, The International AIDS Conference in 2020 Casts a Broad Shadow

At the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS, there has been much that could be considered familiar, yet inspiring. As has been the case in past years, 2018’s USCA in Orlando, Florida has shone a spotlight on the work, advocacy and lived experience of more than 3,000 people living with HIV and HIV advocates. However, if there is one thing about this year’s USCA that is tangibly different than conferences past, it is the looming specter of the 2020 International AIDS Conference in San Francisco and Oakland, and the impact that the Trump administration’s policies may have on HIV advocates across the globe.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 07, 2018


High Drama During Kavanaugh's Congressional Hearings for America's High Court

Thursday’s Senate hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court lasted late into the night, like the night before. And while hearings for Supreme Court nominees are always high theatre, this one has been a stand out. Starting with the nominee himself, who polling shows is the least popular Supreme Court nominee since Harriet Miers was nominated by George W. Bush in 2005. That’s because Judge Kavanaugh, who already sits on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, is a rarity in the world of appellate court judges: he has a long history and paper trail of musings on a multitude of controversial issues that may very well come before him, were he to fill the seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 07, 2018


What To Expect From Congress in September

With summer having come to a close on labor day and the September 30th fiscal years end trailing right behind it, we are entering the last handful of weeks of possible congressional action ahead of the midterm elections. In this short window Congress will seek to score goodwill with the electorate before ballots are cast by funding the government beyond the end of the month despite the president indicating he is ok with a shutdown, by negotiating a deal on trade, and pushing forward the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 07, 2018


Puerto Rico can’t be left out or left behind

Last weekend, AIDS United staff had the opportunity to attend Lazos Creando Fuerzas (Connections Creating Strengths) in San Juan, the fifteenth conference of Puerto Rico CoNCRA, a community organization serving Puerto Ricans living with and affected by HIV.

Posted By: Paola Barahona - Friday, August 31, 2018


Winners in Florida and Arizona Primaries Take Diverging Paths on Healthcare

In a year when the battle for who will take control of the House and Senate has been at the forefront of the American political consciousness, it was a gubernatorial primary in Florida that stole the headlines on Tuesday night as Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum won a surprise victory, poising him to potentially become the first black governor in the state’s history.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 31, 2018

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