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Lessons in HIV Advocacy: A Conversation with Rod Brown

Rod Brown has been engaged in HIV since the start of the epidemic, when he lost his best friend to AIDS. Shortly thereafter, he began attending AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS advocacy event. Currently, Rod works with the Florida Department of Health, overseeing HIV testing efforts. We caught up with Rod to learn more about his work, motivations, and why HIV advocacy is still so important.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The Power of our Collective Voice

Ronald Johnson, vice president of policy and advocacy at AIDS United, is a lifetime HIV-advocate. Currently, he is gearing up for AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. I spoke with Ronald to learn more about his motivations, experience as an advocate, and what to expect at AIDSWatch this year.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, February 28, 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


We Need Your Voice - Register for AIDSWatch!

We need your voice to help Congress recognize the possibility of ending the AIDS epidemic and the importance of the resources, policies, and programs necessary to ensure that HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services are widely available. Join hundreds of other advocates and register for AIDSWatch! Combined, our voices, stories, and passion, will get us closer to ending the epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United - Friday, December 02, 2016


Why You Should Apply for an AIDSWatch 2017 Scholarship?

Wondering whether or not you should apply for an AIDSWatch scholarship? Curious about other people's experiences at AIDSWatch? Don't know what AIDSWatch is? This article should have the answers to all your questions and more.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 07, 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


Your AIDSWatch Stories: Powerful Tools for HIV Advocacy

Stories really do make all the difference, whether swaying a legislator, combatting HIV-related stigma, addressing bigotry, or raising awareness. When woven together, they mark our hard-fought journey, measure our progress, and show just how far we have yet to go to make the promise of an AIDS-free generation a reality. It is clear that together we can end AIDS in America. It was especially evident during last week’s AIDSWatch—which took place in Washington D.C. from Sunday, February 28th to Tuesday, March 1st.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, March 11, 2016


AIDSWatch, Advocates and Activists- More Important Than Ever!

Not to be overly dramatic, but lessons we learn here can carry throughout our lives. I have discovered that what I learned at AIDSWatch allowed me to develop my own voice, form formidable partnerships, and support new voices.

Posted By: Barb Cardell, PWN USA Board Chair; US PLHIV Caucus Vice-Chair - Friday, February 26, 2016


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


Can I Count On You?

Can I count on your support to ensure the Ryan White program stays funded for the next few years, as we work out the details of Affordable Care Act implementation? Can I count on you to do everything in your power to repeal HIV criminalization laws, because they unfairly target and stigmatize people living with HIV? These are the questions I want every legislator in Congress to look me in the eyes and answer.

Posted By: Naina Khanna, US People Living with HIV Caucus Steering Committee Member, and AIDS United Trustee - Monday, November 16, 2015

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