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PACHA Focuses On Stigma Reduction

At this past week's meeting of The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), HIV advocates discussed the current state of play with regards to achieving the 2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy goals, along with in-depth discussions around stigma reduction.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 30, 2016


Science Alone Can't Create a Just World

I often talk about what it was like testing HIV-positive in 1992, when the only treatment available was AZT. Today, I consider the bounty of treatments available and the many more in development. I think of what science has done for me, this field, and for so many others like me. Yet science alone can’t create a just world. In its purest form, science can be cold, calculated, and simply focused on what can be proven true or false. Science has delivered both cures and bombs, has been used for both good and bad. While science has the potential to fix much of what ails us — it won’t work for the advancement of us all without being firmly steeped in and led by our values.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, June 28, 2016


CDC Estimate of Lifetime Risk of HIV Shows More Action Needed

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report at the Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 assessing lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV in the United States. The researchers found that the overall lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV fell from 1 in 78 during 2004-2005 to 1 in 99 during 2009-2013. While this study indicates that the overall trend is positive for the general population in decreasing new HIV diagnosis, major disparities persist for racial, sexual preference, and geographic subgroups.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Wednesday, March 16, 2016


HIV Prevention Conference Highlights Advances

For the first time in four years, thousands of HIV prevention program staffers from throughout the United States joined advocates, government officials, and people living with and affected by HIV for the 2015 U.S. National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC). Hundreds of panels focused on delivery of best practices, outreach to specific vulnerable populations such as youth, and other major aspects of prevention. The conference emphasized major advances in HIV prevention including treatment as prevention (TasP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and high impact prevention. A major theme that emerged is the essential merger of HIV treatment and prevention, not only in terms of TasP but also in terms of other issues such as mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and poverty. Speakers regularly acknowledged the changes to prevention services but also called on the community members to overcome barriers and disparities that challenge access to treatment services for those at high risk. Notably Dr. Mindy Fullilove related gentrification and income inequality to poor prevention results and called for an end to such disparities.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, December 11, 2015


World AIDS Day 2015: Making the Promise a Reality

This World AIDS Day, help us make the promise a reality. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift or monthly pledge to AIDS United. By investing in our work, we can continue to advance our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Posted By: Michael Kaplan, President & CEO, AIDS United - Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Healing Women with HIV Using Trauma-Informed Care

On October 23rd the US Positive Women’s Network (PWN) organized local events across the U.S. for the second annual National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. The Day seeks to stop violence against women with HIV and support policies and programs that promote safety and healing. I was honored to attend the event in Oakland, CA and hear an amazing panel of speakers describe the urgency of the issue, and offer some strategic solutions.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, VP of Access & Innovation, AIDS United - Friday, October 30, 2015


Join AIDS United at the United States Conference on AIDS

Later this week, September 10 - 13, the 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place here in Washington, DC. The conference is the largest HIV/AIDS- related conference in the United States and will bring together activists, providers, case managers, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 08, 2015


Interview: Monique Tula on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Launch

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020 was presented at a day long symposium style gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday July 30, 2015. As we discussed last week, the updated strategy reinforces the goals of its predecessor while incorporating scientific developments of the past 4 years.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, August 07, 2015


National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2.0 Unveiled at Morehouse School of Medicine

At the beginning of an hours-long symposium held at Morehouse School or Medicine, the Office of National AIDS Policy Director unveiled the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated To 2020. Minutes prior, President Obama signed an executive orderlaunching the new updated strategy and directing federal agencies to implement it. The executive order and updated strategy encompass previous executive orders on the HIV Care Continuum Initiative and recommendations of the Federal Interagency Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities. Addressing the gathering in a video, the President said:

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, July 31, 2015


AIDS United: Making the Promise a Reality

For almost three decades, AIDS United has supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected people, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South, people struggling with substance abuse, those living in poverty, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, July 16, 2015

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