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Addressing The Needs of Native Communities & People Who Use Drugs During The Coronavirus Outbreak

In this National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day guest blog, Philomena Kebec from the Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange in Northern Wisconsin shares about the harm reduction work her organization has been doing in her community and how the COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating for Native communities without significant funding and resource increases.

Posted By: Philomena Kebec, Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange - Friday, March 20, 2020


Congress Passes Coronavirus Package, But Do People Living With HIV Benefit?

AIDS United and more than 90 other HIV and LGBTQ+ organizations sent a letter to Congress outlining the steps that we believe they need to take in order to ensure the health and safety of people living with HIV during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Over the past week, Congress and The White House have addressed some of the concerns put forth by HIV advocates around COVID-19, but they have also downplayed and ignored many others. Find out where things stand right now.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 20, 2020


Coronavirus Throws a Wrench in Congressional Appropriations Plans

Though federal appropriators should have had an easy appropriations course for FY 2021, with top-line levels established in last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act, the emergence of the coronavirus – and the funding needed to prepare health departments and communities for its impact – is throwing a wrench into Congress’ moderately well laid plans

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 28, 2020


One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Trump Budget Adds HIV Funding While Slashing Safety Net Programs

Throughout the 1st year of President Trump’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America, Administration officials have repeatedly reassured HIV advocacy organizations and service providers that they are wholly committed to this initiative and that it is one of The White House’s top domestic priorities. In a narrow sense this is true as the FY21 Trump budget asks for $716 million for their Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Unfortunately the budget also looks to unravel the social safety net programs relied upon by people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 14, 2020


Register Now for AIDSWatch to Join HIV Advocates to Fight for Change

Registration is open for AIDSWatch 2020, an annual opportunity for HIV advocates from across the U.S. to gather as a grassroots community and speak truth to power on Capitol Hill.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 24, 2020


Congressional Appropriators Wind Up Paying for Trump's Wall

Although fiscal year 2020 appropriations were passed into law late last month, the matter is hardly settled on the Hill. Crises, both manmade and natural, have spurred legislators to reconsider their annual dole-out and ponder giving increases, or supplementals, to some agencies, while simultaneously watching the president raid the already-appropriated funds for his own devices.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


Ending The HIV Epidemic Cannot Succeed In A Vacuum

Nearly one year ago, President Trump surprised the HIV advocacy community with the formal announcement of his administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America during his State of the Union address. At this stage in the development of the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, it is far too early to make any formal judgement on its success, but it does appear that many of the concerns HIV advocates had around the initiative--particularly those concerning the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals--have been substantiated by the administration’s action.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


The New Year Brings New HIV Funding From Congress

Although down to the wire, congressional appropriators managed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020, avoiding a government shutdown before the holidays.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 10, 2020


Congressional Lawmakers Flex Oversight Role, Hone in on HIV Drug Patent Process

This week, congressional lawmakers raised some important questions about the HIV prevention drug patent process. In an oversight letter led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), 12 members of Congress called on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to thoroughly review the way by which Gilead Sciences developed its pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug, Descovy. AIDS United will continue to monitor this situation and are appreciate of the oversight role that our federal lawmakers are playing on this issue.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 13, 2019


HIV Doesn't Discriminate, But People & Criminalization Laws Do: An Interview With Pedro Zamora Fellow Jonathan Reveil

In this blog post, AIDS United Pedro Zamora Policy Fellow Jonathan reflects on his experience at AU and the ways in which his Haitian heritage and passion for addressing the structural and social determinants of health have shaped his approach to HIV advocacy.

Posted By: Jonathan Reveil, AIDS United Pedro Zamora Policy Fellow - Friday, December 13, 2019

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