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Born to Break Barriers: A Conversation with Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint is a transgender Latina refugee from Lima, Peru. She immigrated to the US almost 20 years ago, after graduating from law school in Peru. In 2006, when she tested HIV positive, she felt that it was a punishment for her identity and she managed in silence. But after educating herself about HIV and getting involved in her community, Arianna has emerged as a leading HIV and trans rights activist. I had the opportunity to talk to Arianna about her work as an activist, starting her own organization, and how organizations can be more trans-affirming.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, February 21, 2017


A Government Divided

The honeymoon period of the 115th Congress appears to be over for the Republican majority, particularly when it comes to health care reform. With fissures emerging between the House and the Senate and between members of the Freedom Caucus and more moderate Republicans, finding an Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement that they all can agree on is looking less and less likely as time goes by.

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Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 17, 2017


Cleanup On The Right Side Of The Aisle: Tom Price Tries To Address The GOP's Health Care Mess

There has been a great deal of infighting within the Republican Party in recent weeks over the direction and nature of their strategy for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. But, if there's one thing Republicans in the House, Senate and White House can agree on, it's there hope that newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will find a way to unite the party behind a single plan, something which is much easier said than done.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 17, 2017


HIV Infection Numbers Drop For First Time in Decades, But Not Everyone Benefits

With the latest CDC study on HIV incidence, there's good new and bad news. The good news is that for the first time since the mid-1990s, the official estimate of annual HIV infections in the United States has decreased notably. The bad news is that it didn't decrease for everybody.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 17, 2017


Lifting Your Voice & Speaking Your Truth To Congress on HIV

The Presidents' Day recess will soon be upon us, which means that members of Congress will be back in their home districts and states. However, the vast majority of them will not be meeting with their constituents in the town halls that are being called for all across the country, with some going so far as to cancel pre-existing meetings. Next week, we need to remind members of Congress that they can cancel town halls, but they can’t run away from democracy.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 17, 2017


Standing Up for His Rights: Achim Howard

Achim Jeremiah Howard is many things. He is a trans advocate, mentor, construction worker, minister at Bethel Christian Church, and music lover. Since learning that he is living with HIV in 2010, Achim has become incredibly active in his community as a mentor to other trans men. Three years ago, he founded DC Trans Men Rising, Inc, to create a safe space to talk about HIV and other issues. I was privileged to speak with Achim to learn more about his motivations, experiences, and work with DC Trans Rising.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, February 16, 2017


Congress Watch: Cabinet Confirmations & Stalled Appropriations

Another week, another flurry of controversial confirmation votes, budgetary developments and debate around the future of our nation's health care. From Vice President Pence casting the tie breaking vote in the controversial confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using Senate procedure to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, this past week in Congress certainly wasn't devoid of drama.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, February 09, 2017


What Motivated Me to Become an HIV Advocate: A Conversation with Brenda Simmons

Brenda Simmons has been an HIV advocate for almost 30 years. She is deeply engaged in her Chicago community, and works as an outreach specialist at the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project. She’s currently gearing up to attend AIDSWatch, nation’s largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. I caught up with Ms. Simmons to learn more about her and what fuels her advocacy.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, February 09, 2017


When The HIV Community Speaks, Congress Better Learn to Listen

If we are to save the Affordable Care Act, or at least ensure that its most vital benefits are preserved in a replacement plan, people living with HIV and those who advocate alongside them must engage in sustained, vocal opposition to any politician who tries to take our health care from us. Whether it's attending rallies, packing town hall meetings or flooding flooding the phone lines of members of Congress to make our expectations crystal clear, we cannot stop advocating for one another so long as our health care and well being hang in the balance. The work will often be taxing and will rarely be glamorous, but it is necessary if we hold out any hope of ensuring that the needs of all people living with HIV and other chronic diseases are met.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, February 09, 2017


Chaos at the Stroke of a Pen

As the world has discovered over the past 2 weeks, Donald Trump the President and Donald Trump the Candidate are 2 sides of the same coin. Between signing Executive Orders to place a gag rule preventing NGOs receiving federal funds from so much as mentioning abortion and instituting a potentially unconstitutional and definitely harmful ban on Muslim immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East and Africa, Trump has swept into Washington like a tornado. In response to Trump's frightening spate of Executive Orders, progressives, moderates and even some conservatives have taken to the streets & social media to express their displeasure with many of the Trump administration's actions.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 03, 2017

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