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Tell Congress we must invest in HOPWA

We are asking Congress for a $170M increase so that we can expand housing options for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS — and $600M ensures that almost all grantees are flat-funded due to the new HOPWA formula. Access to quality, affordable and appropriate housing is a human right. It cannot occur without investment in the HOPWA program.

Tell your members of Congress to invest in the HOPWA program.


Congress must fund the HIV workforce

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report identifying the first known people with HIV in the United States, we see a corresponding loss of experienced and dedicated HIV providers who are retiring at a time when fewer new health care providers are entering the HIV care arena. We need to rebuild and properly train a new HIV workforce to continue to work to end the HIV epidemic in this country.

Tell your members of Congress how important it is to support and develop the HIV workforce with the experienced existing network of AIDS Education and Training Centers.


The Senate must pass the Equality Act

Discrimination and stigma fuel the HIV epidemic. Each of us should be free to live without discrimination. The House passed in February the Equality Act, which amends existing civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public spaces, services, access to credit and jury service.
Tell your senators to pass H.R. 5: The Equality Act, to ensure that those of us who are LGBTQ+ are able to live our lives free of discrimination.


Protect the reproductive rights and the sexual wellness of all

In order to end the HIV epidemic, Congress needs to ensure the educational tools we have are based on evidence that will ensure sexual wellness and health throughout one's entire life. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that people have accurate, comprehensive health information that effectively improves sexual and reproductive health literacy and practice.

Tell your legislators to codify into law the right to an abortion and the protections provided in Roe v. Wade. Ask them to also support evidence-based, adolescent sexual health programs.


The Blood Ban Is Based on Discrimination, Not Science

Today, as we continue our fight for federal blood donation policies that are based in science rather than stigma, we do so with a new sense of urgency because of the COVID-19 epidemic that has taken over 50,000 lives in the United States. Right now, there are thousands of LGBTQ individuals across the country who have recovered from COVID-19. If they were heterosexual, they would be able to donate their plasma, which might have COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies might be able to help fight the virus in others currently in a life or death struggle with the disease. However, due to the FDA's antiquated blood donor rules, they are barred from doing so for at least three months after their last sexual encounter. This shortsighted blood donation policy is not just discriminatory; it is potentially deadly.

Tell your members of Congress to act now and remove the harmful restrictions on blood donation for LGBTQ individuals.


Congress: Ensure we have the funding to end the HIV epidemic.

If we are going to end the HIV epidemic in the United States, we must ensure that everyone living with HIV has access to health care and support services that need and deserve. These needs include affordable medications, safe housing, access to addiction treatment services as well as access to both physical and mental health care. This requires support from Congress to ensure critical programs are funded at levels that ensure that people living with and vulnerable to HIV receive the assistance they need. 

Tell your members of Congress to fully fund federal HIV-related programs like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS Program, as well as the Minority AIDS Initiative.


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