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We have the science and tools to end the HIV epidemic, but every year, roughly 40,000 people still contract HIV. Act now and let legislators know that they represent constituents who stand up and take a leadership role in HIV/AIDS issues! We made it easy. Make your voice heard today by clicking the action alert(s) below to follow the simple steps to send a pre-written, editable letter to your elected officials.

Congressional COVID-19 relief must leave no one behind
For more than two months, the HIV community and the American people have waited for the U.S. Senate to provide desperately needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act to address COVID-19 in mid-May, we have seen it languish on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk week after week — as the virus spread throughout the country and our health care infrastructure was overwhelmed.

Tell your members of Congress that they must act immediately to provide historically underserved communities, including people living with HIV, with the support and resources they desperately need to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delaying our mail can devastate our health
As the COVID-19 pandemic upended every aspect of American life this year, the Trump administration made a series of changes to the U.S. Postal Service. These changes, which included the removal of mail sorting machines and mailboxes all across the country, have been the subject of deserved public scrutiny due to their possible jeopardizing of the upcoming election’s vote-by-mail procedures. What has received less attention is the fact that these changes also jeopardize the health of millions of Americans who receive prescriptions by mail, including people living with HIV. Mail-order pharmacies are an essential resource for people who are aging, people who live in rural areas, and people who for any reason have difficulties accessing a traditional pharmacy, allowing them to receive medication in a timely, convenient manner. The recent Postal Service delays have the potential to endanger the health and welfare of people who depend on the service to obtain medications necessary to manage chronic conditions.

Tell your senators to pass H.R. 8015: The Delivering for America Act, to ensure that these live-saving functions of the Postal Service are maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccine trials must include people living with HIV
OVID-19 has been devastating worldwide. With over 200,000 deaths in just the United States as of late September, a vaccine seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. However, vaccine trials have not been inclusive of all those who are likely to be most impacted by COVID-19. Many clinical trials have been attempting to exclude those living with HIV on the basis that the vaccine trial should exclude people “in an immunosuppressive or immunodeficient state.” To exclude those living with HIV from COVID-19 vaccine trials with no scientific basis is unconscionable. Individuals living with HIV that are actively taking their medications should be able to participate in these clinical trials.

Tell your legislators that all vaccines trials must include people living with HIV. To not include the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States in clinical trials is dangerous and irresponsible.
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.

Protect Medicaid
Medicaid is a critical part of ending the HIV epidemic. About 40% of people currently in care for HIV are covered through the program. The Trump administration's decision to allow block grants (regardless of what they call them) will drastically decrease health care access for the most vulnerable among us.

Send an email to your state's governor now. Tell them to reject any health care policies that force the state to choose whether to use a limited amount of funding to treat one group with a chronic disease over another.

Access to PrEP
Preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is the use of an anti-HIV medication by HIV negative individuals to prevent future acquisition of HIV. PrEP is a critical component in ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. We need your help to make sure Congress passes legislation to guarantee the availability and affordability of PrEP. 

Send an email to your member of Congress asking them to fund access to affordable PrEP to help end the HIV epidemic!

Keep Families Together
Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement operations at the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol recently said the agency separates families at the border based on HIV status. The agency later clarified that family separations based on HIV status happen only "on a case-by-case basis."  There is no legal, medical, or ethical justification for separating families based on HIV status.

Call your senators today and tell them that HIV must not be used as a shield for a discriminatory immigration policy.

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