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Congressional Appropriators Wind Up Paying for Trump's Wall

Although fiscal year 2020 appropriations were passed into law late last month, the matter is hardly settled on the Hill. Crises, both manmade and natural, have spurred legislators to reconsider their annual dole-out and ponder giving increases, or supplementals, to some agencies, while simultaneously watching the president raid the already-appropriated funds for his own devices.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


Ending The HIV Epidemic Cannot Succeed In A Vacuum

Nearly one year ago, President Trump surprised the HIV advocacy community with the formal announcement of his administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America during his State of the Union address. At this stage in the development of the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, it is far too early to make any formal judgement on its success, but it does appear that many of the concerns HIV advocates had around the initiative--particularly those concerning the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals--have been substantiated by the administration’s action.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


The New Year Brings New HIV Funding From Congress

Although down to the wire, congressional appropriators managed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020, avoiding a government shutdown before the holidays.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 10, 2020


Congressional Lawmakers Flex Oversight Role, Hone in on HIV Drug Patent Process

This week, congressional lawmakers raised some important questions about the HIV prevention drug patent process. In an oversight letter led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), 12 members of Congress called on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to thoroughly review the way by which Gilead Sciences developed its pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug, Descovy. AIDS United will continue to monitor this situation and are appreciate of the oversight role that our federal lawmakers are playing on this issue.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 13, 2019


HIV Doesn't Discriminate, But People & Criminalization Laws Do: An Interview With Pedro Zamora Fellow Jonathan Reveil

In this blog post, AIDS United Pedro Zamora Policy Fellow Jonathan reflects on his experience at AU and the ways in which his Haitian heritage and passion for addressing the structural and social determinants of health have shaped his approach to HIV advocacy.

Posted By: Jonathan Reveil, AIDS United Pedro Zamora Policy Fellow - Friday, December 13, 2019


With One Week Until The Government Runs Out of Funding, Congress Agrees in Principle to Overall Spending Numbers

In an unexpected progression of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process, appropriations leadership on both sides of the aisle announced a “deal in principle” for all twelve annual funding bills on Thursday. While specific details of this funding agreement, including those concerning public health programming, may not be available until early next week, the deal is certainly welcome news and brings legislators closer to funding the federal government ahead of the current continuing resolution deadline of December 20th.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 13, 2019


Eye Opening Survey Shows More than 1 in 4 Millennials Avoided Hugging or Talking to People Living with HIV

The kids, it seems, are not alright. At least, that looks to be the main takeaway from a recent study conducted by the Prevention Access Campaign and Merck showing an unnerving level of HIV stigma and disinformation among young Americans. The study—which is part of Owning HIV: Young Adults and the Fight Ahead, a larger effort to address youth attitudes around HIV—found that 28% of HIV-negative Millennials (23- to 36-year-olds) have avoided hugging, talking to, or being friends with someone with HIV, and that 30% would prefer to avoid any social interaction with someone living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 06, 2019


No Break For Congress As Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Still Hangs In The Balance

Having just enacted a second continuing resolution (CR) to extend current government funding through December 20, Congress returned this week from its Thanksgiving holiday break for the final work period of 2019 and now face a major time crunch to reach a comprehensive spending package before the current CR ends.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 06, 2019


AIDS United Celebrates Julio Fonseca's Selection for Art Exhibit Honoring Washington DC's HIV Heroes

It brings all of us here at AIDS United great joy to announce that Julio Fonseca has been named as 1 of the final 50 people to be featured in the OUR HEROES exhibit, which shines a light on individuals, places, events and organizations that played a significant role in the fight to end AIDS in Washington, DC over the last 32 years through an exhibition of black and white framed photographs. Julio, who is a Program Manager at AIDS United and responsible for oversight of the Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT) Initiative and People Organizing Positively (POP), wrote the following blog reflecting on his time as an HIV advocate and the continue struggles we face with HIV stigma.

Posted By: AIDS United, Communications Department & Julio Fonseca, Program Manager - Monday, December 02, 2019


Congress's Budget Battles Could Leave Ending the HIV Epidemic Funding Out In the Cold

In what is fast becoming a holiday tradition, the Republican-held Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by a 74-20 vote on Thursday afternoon to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the November 21 deadline that was established by the previous CR, which was enacted in late September. The stopgap funding measure that was approved by the Senate had originated in the Democratic-led House, where it passed on a largely party line vote on Tuesday. The CR, which was signed by President Trump late Thursday night, will keep the government afloat at current Fiscal Year 2019 spending levels until December 20.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 22, 2019

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