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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


Another Continuing Resolution Looks Likely As Federal Funding Talks Slowly Move Forward

Congressional and White House leadership are inching towards a deal for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2020, with just four legislative days remaining until the continuing resolution (CR) currently funding the government at extended fiscal year 2019 levels expires on November 21. While details of the spending negotiations have not yet been made public, the news that appropriators are optimistic about reaching a deal is a welcome and hopeful change.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


Firing Of Kansas Man Living With HIV Shows We Have a Long Way to Go to End HIV Discrimination

When Armando Gutierrez, a 31-year-old employee from The Big Biscuit in Overland Park, Kansas told his boss he was HIV-positive, he never expected to be fired from his job. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Gutierrez had been working as a server at The Big Biscuit for a year when he was diagnosed with HIV in December 2018. The suit claims Gutierrez lost his job shortly after he disclosed his status with a manager

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


Who Owns the Rights to PrEP? The Courts Will Be the Judge of That

For well over a year HIV advocates, the federal government, and the pharmaceutical industry have been engaged in intense debate around a set of arcane and complicated issues concerning the U.S. patent system and the development of medications for preventing the transmission of HIV. However, while the ins and outs of U.S. patent law are extensive, the central issue being discussed has always been fairly straightforward: does the federal government properly own the patent rights for use of Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) because taxpayer funded research proved it could be used as a vital HIV prevention strategy?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


Progress on Appropriations Slows to a Crawl

With only eight full legislative days left for Congress before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on November 21, lawmakers have still yet to reach a deal for funding the federal government in 2020

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 08, 2019


Trump Administration Gives Green Light to LGBTQ Discrimination at HHS

Last week, the Trump administration made a formal announcement that it would no longer be enforcing existing regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established during President Obama’s second term prohibiting discrimination within HHS-funded programs based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The proposed new rule directly undermines President Trump’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America earlier this year. It additionally undermines the trust that leadership at HHS have requested from the HIV community in the rollout of the plan.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 08, 2019


Another Continuing Resolution Looms on the Horizon as Appropriations Struggles Continue

With the continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government expiring in three weeks, House and Senate appropriators are under increasing pressure to reach an agreement on either a set of full appropriations bills, or another CR. Given the wide gulf between the House and Senate appropriations bills and the amount of time being devoted to impeachment proceedings, it is expected that a new CR will be signed that would keep the government funded and running at last year's spending levels, although the length of that CR is still uncertain. Privately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) through as late as March 2020. With that being said, appropriators in Congress are still working diligently.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 01, 2019

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