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Finding Support and Inspiration at AIDSWatch -- An Advocate's Story

After this year's AIDSWatch, AIDS United reached out to Kirsten Bean, health education program manager at the Greene County Public Health Department in southwest Ohio, to share her experiences at AIDSWatch 2019 as one of more than a dozen syringe exchange program facilitators and harm reduction specialists who came for the event. This is her story.

Posted By: Guest Blogger -- Kirsten Bean - Friday, April 19, 2019


Christina Adeleke Isn’t Afraid to Dream Big

A lawyer and self-proclaimed policy nerd, Christina is a long-time advocate for people living with and affected by HIV.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, March 04, 2019


Meet Carl Baloney, Jr., Director of Government Affairs

A longtime advocate for vulnerable populations, Carl has focused his career on developing innovative policy solutions that benefit disenfranchised communities across the country, with a particular focus on the rural south.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, March 04, 2019


An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 2018


25th Anniversary AIDSWatch Breaks Records & Sets Tone for 2018

Over the last 25 years of progress and of struggle in the fight to end the AIDS epidemic, AIDSWatch has been a constant—a yearly opportunity to gather together as a grassroots community and speak truth to power on Capitol Hill with HIV advocates from all across the country. And on this year, the year marking the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch, the spirit and fire of the HIV advocacy community stretched farther and shone brighter than it ever had before.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 06, 2018


My First AIDSWatch

Mary Jane Maestas reflects on attending her first ever AIDSWatch! "This event helped me realize that we have a lot of work to do in the fight to end HIV/AIDS and we are just the organizations that can get it done!"

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Mary Jane Maestas, PWN - CO - Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Raise Your Voice! Be a Part of the 25th Anniversary AIDSWatch

AIDSWatch is the largest constituent gathering of people living with HIV and their allies to educate members of Congress and the Administration about important issues facing people living with HIV, building capacity in the communities most affected by the HIV epidemic while responding directly to immediate and emerging political threats. 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch. Sign up today!

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 23, 2018


Our Top Blogs and Articles from 2017

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these pieces from the past year!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Continuing Forward: Leadership For Now

I got a call in May 2016. “Jesse we are searching for the interim President & CEO of AIDS United…. Are you interested?” Without missing a heartbeat, I thought to myself, “You must do this – now!” My life changed immediately. I could never have predicted all the other changes coming in 2016. For all of us living with, working for, and affected by HIV in America, 2016 was a year of unexpected change.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr, President & CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, October 04, 2017


My Voice Can Affect Change

I got to be a part of AIDSWatch through a scholarship provided by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. This one event has changed my life in so many ways and has given me the confidence to speak out against the stigma that is placed upon people with HIV/AIDS and how budget cuts on programs that help fund housing, medicine, and education affect not only me, but others living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: LaWanda Wilkerson - Monday, May 01, 2017

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