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Uniting Faith Communities in the Fight Against HIV

Khadijah Abdullah, the Executive Director of RAHMA (Reaching All HIV-positive Muslims in America), is a powerful advocate for people living with HIV and a founder and lead organizer in the inaugural Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NFHAAD), which will be held on August 27. We caught up with Khadijah Abdullah to learn more about her work and the upcoming awareness day.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Congress Wraps Up For The August Recess With Plenty of Work Left To Do

After finally wrapping up its legislative business on Thursday the Senate has joined the House on its traditional August recess, both chambers will return after Labor Day. Upon their return on September 5th congressional leaders will need to quickly take up sever key funding issues to keep our government ticking, this will include: passing a mechanism to fund the government, increasing the debt limit, and an fiscal year 2018 budget resolution.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017


In Confirming Dr. Jerome Adams, America Gains a Surgeon General With HIV Experience

On Thursday, Dr. Jerome Adams, the Indiana State Health Commissioner who was responsible for leading the response to the outbreak of HIV linked to people who use injection drugs in rural Scott County, Indiana in 2015, was confirmed as the nation’s 20th Surgeon General. The confirmation came days after a nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) for Dr. Adams and several other Trump administration nominations related to public health.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017


Senate and President at Odds on Health Care; Bipartisan Next Steps Possible

Even as advocates for health care took a minute to celebrate last week’s stunning defeat of Senate efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, their attention began to shift to the next steps that the administration and Congress could take in their ongoing efforts to cut back the program. In particular, President Trump in the immediate aftermath of the defeat suggested, by tweet of course, that the administration might sabotage the $8 billion cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments that help subsidize deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance for low-income people who access insurance in state marketplaces. This would increase insurance costs and has the potential to disrupt markets.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017


The Trump Administration Continues Its Assault on LGBT Communities

In the wake of President Trump’s tweet threatening to reinstate the ban on transgender people serving in the military, the LGBT community saw yet another onslaught to their rights this week. On July 26th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case in question, Zarda v. Altitude Express, involves a sky-diving instructor who was fired after disclosing his sexual orientation.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017


AIDS United is Moving

AIDS United is thrilled to announce that as of August 28 we will move two blocks to our new home at 1101 14th Street, NW. The new, modern space will allow us to expand our work ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, August 03, 2017


Letter To Senate HELP Committee Concerning Dr. Jerome Adams

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Tuesday, August 01, 2017


President Trump’s Bigotry Exposed As Nation Rallies Behind Transgender Service Members

Without warning, President Trump sent out a series of 3 tweets earlier this week stating that the United States Government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the military in any capacity, saying the US military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that accompany the inclusion of transgender individuals in the military. While it is difficult for us, as outside observers, to assess the degree to which this rationale reflects President Trump’s actual beliefs, it is incredibly easy to prove the falsity and bigotry inherent in it.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017


Senate Defeats Affordable Care Act Repeal!

A funny thing happened on the way to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Tens of millions of people from all walks of life and living with all manner of health conditions saw that Congressional Republican leadership was planning to rob them of their health care and we simply said, no. Now, after nearly 7 months of relentless, heroic protest and an absolutely chaotic week in the Senate, it is over. For now, we have won.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017


Still Behind Schedule, The House Budget Lurches Forward

This week Congress has made significant progress towards advancing its Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations legislation, but they are still months behind schedule. The August recess is now at hand and they have yet to pass a budget resolution. After considerable back and forth between House Republican leadership and the two poles of their party, the GOP budget resolution, H. Con. Res. 71, is finally headed to the floor, albeit probably not until September.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017

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