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As Congress Looks to Fund the Government for Next Year, Trump Tries to Rescind Funding for This Year

If the calling card of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and appropriations process was a mixture of procrastination, partisan bickering and a total budgetary disconnect between House and Senate leadership, it looks like the Fiscal Year 2019 budget could actually be marked by something approaching regular order and bipartisan compromise...the Trump administration's attempts to throw a wrench in the works notwithstanding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


In Massachusetts, a Troubling Cluster of New HIV Infections Among Injection Drug Users

This month, a team of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators is heading to northeast Massachusetts to assist the state’s department of public health (DPH) address a cluster of new HIV infections among people who inject drugs and/or experience homelessness. Preliminary data from the Lowell and Lawrence region shows 52 new HIV cases in 2017 among injection drug users, compared to 23 in 2016.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


New Research Provides Clarity on Questions of HIV-Related Accelerated Aging

It’s long been questioned if living with HIV, or using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to manage the virus, causes accelerated aging, but new research might finally be giving some answers. Researchers now say that the longer someone living with HIV goes without beginning antiretroviral therapy, the worse these long-term health outcomes are likely to be.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


Elevating Trans Voices

My lived experiences got me involved in this work. I faced rejection, discrimination, sexual and physical assault, homelessness, and other bumps in my journey. And some of my experiences I would not wish on anyone, let alone the younger generation. I can't stop any of that from happening and we all will have to come across them. So my plan was to learn a way to help the youth through whatever life can throw at us.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Joi-Elle White, Positive Impact Health Centers - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Tori Cooper: Transgender Representation is Important

Tori Cooper is an HIV Health Educator in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Through Positive Impact Health Centers, a grantee of AIDS United's Transgender Leadership Initiative, Ms. Cooper and her colleagues created a leadership course for transgender individuals to increase participants’ HIV knowledge and to improve HIV service delivery, health and social justice outcomes for their peers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and is currently matriculating towards her Master of Arts in Public Health. Ms. Cooper has over 25 years of experience in the HIV field beginning as a volunteer during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. We were excited to connect with her to learn more about her work and motivations and to hear about the importance of National Transgender HIV Testing Day.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Breaking The Deal: Trump Tries to Undo FY18 Appropriations

It is perfectly normal to assume that the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations package that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump last month was a done deal. But, these are not normal times and the Trump administration has once again signaled their disdain for normal order by indicating that they may try to take back up to $60 billion of the agreed-upon funding levels through an infrequently used process called rescission.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 13, 2018


Washington Focuses on Opioids This Week, For Better or Worse

Following a rare public health advisory about naloxone and opioid overdose by Surgeon General Jerome Adams late last week,the opioid epidemic remained front and center in Washington this week, with Congress holding several hearings on the issue and the Trump administration promoting a Rx drug overdose memorial just south of The White House.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 13, 2018


An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 2018


Youth in Motion: Thomas Davis uses dance to combat HIV stigma and create community

Thomas Davis has been living with HIV since 2013 and he has turned dance into a platform for self expression, motivation, and to end HIV stigma. Through the Catharsis Project, a grantee of AIDS United's Positive Organizing Project, Thomas and his fellow dancers use dance and multimedia as a way to share stories and experiences about the HIV epidemic - especially with younger generations. We were excited to connect with Thomas to learn more about his work, motivations, and future goals.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, April 10, 2018


25th Anniversary AIDSWatch Breaks Records & Sets Tone for 2018

Over the last 25 years of progress and of struggle in the fight to end the AIDS epidemic, AIDSWatch has been a constant—a yearly opportunity to gather together as a grassroots community and speak truth to power on Capitol Hill with HIV advocates from all across the country. And on this year, the year marking the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch, the spirit and fire of the HIV advocacy community stretched farther and shone brighter than it ever had before.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 06, 2018

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