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House Appropriations Bills Prioritize Spending Increases For HIV & Healthcare

It seems that legislators, especially in the House, remain committed to completing all spending bills for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20) ahead of their September 30 deadline. House lawmakers are considering a “minibus” that includes funding for State and Foreign Operations; Defense; Energy and Water; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (L-HHS), which covers most funding for domestic HIV care and prevention programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


How US Immigration Policy Killed Johana Medina León

Six months ago, Johana Medina León left her home in El Salvador to find refuge in the United States. As a transgender woman living with HIV in a country where the LGBT community is frequently terrorized by homophobic and transphobic violence, Medina León felt as if her only chance for survival was to seek asylum in America. What Medina León actually found in the United States was not asylum, but inhumane treatment and negligent medical care that resulted in her death

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


Meet Anselmo Fonseca: AIDS United Program Manager in Puerto Rico

This year, Anselmo Fonseca joined the AIDS United team as a program manager working from Puerto Rico. We caught up with Anselmo to learn more about his life, his plans for his new position, and how he stays motivated in this work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, June 14, 2019


Remarks by Jesse Milan, Jr. at the LGBTQ Community Leaders’ Pride Meeting with Democratic U.S. Senators

On June 12, 2019, AIDS United’s President and CEO, Jesse Milan, Jr., represented the HIV community among a group of the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community leaders who were invited to a roundtable meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Here are his remarks:

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr. AIDS United CEO - Friday, June 14, 2019


As Spending Bills Move Forward in the House, Conflict Looms

With just 116 days left of this fiscal year and with a contentious disaster relief bill finally out of the way, legislators, especially in the House, return their attention in earnest to fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


Unintended Consequences: HIV Long Term Survivors Are At Increased Risk of Heart Disease

In the 21st century, one of the most vital issues that must be addressed by HIV advocates and health researchers concerns the relationship between HIV and aging. A recent report authored by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation underscored the importance of examining this relationship, stating that people living with HIV suffer heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, sudden cardiac deaths, and other heart-related diseases at higher rates than the general population.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


Long-Term Survivors Thrive with HIV!

As we open Pride month, I am thankful for so many things, particularly your support. Today marks 38 years since the CDC first reported on a few mysterious cases of an unknown disease among gay men that we have since come to know as AIDS. Fittingly, this annual reminder of all those lost to this epidemic, also marks HIV Long-Term Survivors Day, a day to remember the countless people whose indomitable spirits and valuable lives have endured.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D. - Wednesday, June 05, 2019


Expressing Love for Yourself and your Community

You may not have met her, but Bianca Carrillo is a central part of AIDS United’s strategic grantmaking. As we kick off our recognition of Pride Month, we want to take the opportunity to highlight Bianca.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Saturday, June 01, 2019


Disaster Relief Is Badly Needed, But Congress Continues To Make Impacted Communities Wait

After being caught up in partisan gridlock for several months, a disaster relief bill to provide much-needed funding to areas of the country experiencing climate-related emergencies was all set to be signed into law by President Trump before Congress closed its doors for Memorial Day recess. That was, until one member of Congress raised objections to the legislation on the House floor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


The Damage From Anti-Abortion Legislation Will Be Felt Deeply In Communities Impacted By HIV

Taking cues from the Trump administration’s – and VP Mike Pence’s, specifically – anti-choice influence in federal policies surrounding sexual and reproductive health, several state legislatures have enacted egregious restrictions on safe and legal abortion care in recent weeks.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019

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