At AIDSWatch 2017, more than 650 advocates from 34 states, DC, and Puerto Rico came together to share their truth and advocate for the changes needed to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Together, we contacted every single House and Senate office and had in-person meetings with over 260 of them. We shared our stories and educated Members of Congress about issues important to people living with and affected by HIV.
“This year, AIDSWatch channeled our movement’s powerful legacy of grassroots advocacy to make Congress understand that the needs of people living with and at risk for HIV cannot be ignored," said AIDS United President & CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. "With continued federal funding and strong health care policy, we can end the epidemic in this country.”
AIDSWatch advocacy must continue where you live!
Take the power of your voice that you used in DC to make a difference in your states and cities. Use our Policy Action Center
to look up your representatives, get information about new HIV-related legislation, and stay current on important policy news! We also encourage you to use and adapt the AIDSWatch fact sheets
and the advocate briefing presentation.
They are a great tool to help elected officials understand the HIV epidemic and learn how they can make a difference.
AIDSWatch would not be possible without the dedication of our organizing partners Treatment Access Expansion Project, AIDS United, the US People Living with HIV Caucus and the generous support from our sponsors: AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), AIDS United, amfAR, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, GMHC, Human Rights Campaign, Janssen, Legacy Community Health, Merck, Napo Pharmaceuticals, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), NMAC, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Treatment Action Expansion Project, and the United States People Living with HIV Caucus.
Thank you for your tenacity, passion, and dedication. Together, our advocacy will bring us that much closer to ending the epidemic.
Download the detailed agenda here