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SEP30

Congress Ekes Out Funding Compromise

Well past the 11th hour, Congress managed to once again cobble together a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running for the next 10 weeks. While the measure passed with bipartisan support, potential conflict waits in the wings with many funding priorities such as money to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan simply kicked down the road. Next up is determining whether or not to fund the 11 remaining appropriations bills for FY 2017 in an omnibus bill or a series of smaller, "minibuses".

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


SEP30

HUD Releases Final Rule on Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Individuals & Housing Discrimination

Among the many barriers that transgender and gender nonconforming individuals face, those that block them from finding stable housing are some of the biggest. With the release of their final rule on the issue, HUD hopes to reduce and eventually eliminate discrimination against transgender & gender nonconforming people with regards to housing and shelter access, a move that could have a large impact on HIV prevention, treatment, and health outcomes.

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


SEP30

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


SEP30

What We Look For When We Watch the Presidential Debates

What can HIV advocates glean about a presidential candidate's potential HIV policy at a debate where HIV isn't specifically mentioned? Surprisingly, quite a lot, as this piece examining the qualities that AIDS United is hoping to see displayed by the two candidates during the debate process shows.

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


SEP23

The Role of Housing and the Black Church in HIV in America

This year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference served as an opportunity for HIV advocates and members of Congress to demonstrate the ways in which non-medical public health interventions can have an immense impact on black communities who have disproportionately bore the brunt of the HIV epidemic in America. As Representatives Barbara Lee & Keith Ellison showed in their respective panels, oftentimes having a strong faith community to lean on and affordable housing to go home to are vital, but frequently overlooked aspects of HIV prevention & treatment.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP23

Another Year, Another Shutdown Threat

With a presidential election less than 2 months away and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the Senate has decided that now would be an excellent time to get into a game of chicken over another Continuing Resolution. With another government shutdown looming, will they be able to salvage a deal at the eleventh hour?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP23

Seattle Doubles Down On Harm Reduction: Plans to Open Two Supervised Injection Facilities

As the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic continues to grow all around the country, Federal, state and local governments have started looking for innovative approaches to combating substance use disorders. In Seattle, a countywide heroin task force has responded to their own crisis by laying out plans for the first Supervised Injection Facilities in the United States. It's a bold plan, but with the backing of the city and county governments, there's reason to believe it could come to fruition.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


SEP22

Celebrating Positive Women's Leadership

This year I am thrilled to be attending the PWN-USA Summit, Speak UP! - a 3-day leadership training for women living with HIV. PWN-USA is now a policy and advocacy powerhouse in the US, engaging women in ways that are truly inspiring. They are an example of how to mobilize people living with HIV to impact policy and determine their own solutions to stigma and barriers to equity.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, Riordan Strategies - Thursday, September 22, 2016


SEP16

Congress Grapples With Continued Delays Over Funding Bill

The clock is ticking down to the end of the fiscal year and Congress still doesn't have its budgetary house in order. A majority of members from both parties want a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, but agreeing on how long it would last is proving difficult. Will a deal get done and what is in the best interests of people living with HIV?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


SEP16

Compounding Risk: Sexual Minority Youth & Injection Drug Use

The numbers don't lie. With gay and bisexual men accounting for 80% of youth HIV diagnoses in America and engaging in injection drug use at a rate 7 times higher than their heterosexual male peers, the question isn't if injection drug use is going to pour fuel on the fire that is the HIV epidemic among sexual minority youth in the US. The question is, how high are the flames going to climb when that fuel touches fire.

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016



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