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In a democracy, our vote is the most direct expression of our collective voice on the governments that serve us. When we don’t vote, cast an uninformed vote, or even fail to mobilize others to vote, we minimize the power and efficacy of that voice and, as a result, reduce the chances of achieving the positive change we seek.

With this in mind, AIDS United has created an election resource center to help members of the HIV community become informed and active voters.


The 2020 presidential candidates are uniquely positioned to make history in the fight to end the HIV epidemic. 

To better understand the presidential candidates’ responses to the HIV epidemic and the myriad public health crises that face our nation in 2020, a coalition of more than 50 organizations led by AIDS United and the Act Now End AIDS Coalition sent a survey to the candidates who are running for president. 

The survey is intended to assess the positions of the candidates running for president concerning HIV. The nonpartisan coalition of organizations that created this survey do not endorse any candidate or political party. View the survey questions.

Vice President Joe Biden: 
View his survey response

President Donald Trump
Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America."



Every election is a chance to set a new direction for this country. We have all of the tools to end the HIV epidemic, but we need the political will to make it a reality. Voting — not just for president, but for down ballot candidates as well — is one of the strongest ways you can help end the HIV epidemic.

Here are five of the issues you need to consider as you cast your vote. These five issues are some of the most important at stake when turning out to vote in 2020.

  • Strengthening the Affordable Care Act: High-quality, affordable health care is necessary for people living with HIV to stay healthy and prevent HIV transmission.The Affordable Care Act brought comprehensive and affordable health care coverage and consumer protections for people living with HIV and millions of other Americans. As a result, insurers can no longer impose lifetime spending caps or deny coverage for people living with pre-existing conditions, and millions of people receive subsidies to help pay for private health insurance plans. 
  • Expanding Medicaid: Medicaid is a lifeline for more than 66 million individuals in the United States, including as many as 400,000 low-income people living with HIV. As the largest source of insurance coverage for people living with HIV, Medicaid secures access to life-saving treatments and services. 
  • Protecting drug user health: Syringe services programs are a highly effective and cost-efficient form of HIV and viral hepatitis prevention for people who inject drugs. Syringe services programs offer sterile syringes to people who inject drugs while safely disposing of used syringes. These programs dramatically reduce syringe sharing among people who inject drugs, without increasing drug use. They are a critical and cost-effective link to HIV and viral hepatitis testing and care services. Despite overwhelming evidence of their efficacy, policymakers and some law enforcement agencies continue to oppose implementation of syringe services programs because of personal views on morality or misconceptions about programs’ effect on drug use.
  • Defending immigrants’ rights: If we are to end the domestic HIV epidemic by 2030, our government and courts must eliminate barriers to care for every person in the U.S. living with and affected by HIV — and that includes immigrants, regardless of their immigration status. In recent years, attacks such as the dangerous “public charge rule” that have sought to greatly restrict access to care and resources for immigrants. A 2018 study showed that 1 in 7 adults in immigrant families have dropped out of public welfare programs due to fear of deportation. 
  • Ensuring housing for the most vulnerable: We cannot end the HIV epidemic in the United States without addressing this country’s rampant housing crisis. Housing is one of the most unmet needs of people living with HIV, particularly for those of us who carry multiple marginalized identities. We must continue to fund the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program and ensure that everyone has access to shelter, regardless of their race, who they are, where they are, whom they love or who they are wrongly feared to be.


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