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A Day Just for Us

KeivaLei works at Life Foundation in Honolulu Hawaii – the oldest, and longest running HIV/AIDS organization in Hawaii. Keiva works as their Linkage to Care Coordinator, linking newly diagnosed individuals into care and support services. She facilitates support groups, conducts outreach among people living with HIV and their partners, supports a transgender service program titled the Kua’ana Project which, along side Case Management and outreach services, conducts capacity building for other agencies relating to transgender cultural competency. This Monday, April 17 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. We caught up with Keiva to learn more about the significance of this day and about her work in Hawaii.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, April 12, 2017


All Women, All Rights at AIDSWatch 2017!

No one thing is as important as our advocacy, and AIDSWatch makes it possible for us to meet the very elected decision makers of our great country. Consider it a privilege, and I hope to see you there next year, where together, we shall overcome!

Posted By: Jada Cardona, Transitions Louisiana - Tuesday, April 11, 2017


AIDSWatch May Have Ended, But Our Work Is Just Beginning

By any objective measure, AIDSWatch 2017 was a huge success. 650 HIV advocates from 34 states, DC and Puerto Rico coming to Capitol Hill and having 260 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff is impressive, but it will mean little if that extraordinary action isn't followed by those advocates taking the fight with them back home to their communities.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 07, 2017


CALL-TO-ACTION: Congressional Spring Recess & Affordable Care

Congratulations! We have won the first battle of the Trump Era in the struggle to save and build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)! But our work is far from done...

Posted By: Housing Works - Friday, April 07, 2017


Congressional News Roundup Before The April Recess

As Congress looks to start their two week April recess, they show no signs of stopping slowing down the breakneck pace with which they've been operating since their last recess ended 6 weeks ago. With the nuclear option invoked, a controversial and highly partisan Supreme Court Justice in place, and rumors of a resurrected GOP health care plan even more draconian than the first version of the American Health Care Act, Members of Congress will have plenty to talk about with their constituents if they don't go into hiding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 07, 2017


Youth Advocate Spotlight: Zamora Fellow Ryan McElhose

In observance of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we asked our current Zamora Fellow on his insight and journey understanding HIV prevention, treatment, and care. These are his thoughts.

Posted By: Ryan McElhose, Public Policy Zamora Fellow - Thursday, April 06, 2017


A First-Time Peek from the Hill at AIDSWatch 2017

The energy of the tribe of my fellow HIV advocates at AIDSWatch 2017 echoed the heartbeat of those we have lost from the beginning of the epidemic. I was honored to walk to halls of the Capitol building and speak for those lives, my life with every congressperson and staffer I met. Our collective voices together are the rhythm of that heartbeat that will spark change and become a deafening war cry to our legislators if they don’t listen to us.

Posted By: Kamaria Laffrey, Positive Women's Network - USA, SERO Project - Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Health Care Bill that Worsens HIV Care to be Voted on Today

After being postponed on Thursday afternoon, a vote on the American Health Care Act is expected to be completed by the end of the day. At stake is the fate of a deeply unpopular bill that has taken heat from all sides of the political spectrum. Democrats and some moderate Republicans oppose the bill for taking away health care from an estimated 24 million people over 10 years and removing federal requirements on Essential Health Benefits, while the Freedom Caucus doesn't think the bill goes far enough. Can the American Health Care Act pass its first legislative test? We'll soon find out.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 24, 2017


Amazingly, The American Health Care Act Is Getting Worse With Age

When the 115th Congress kicked off back in January, the question wasn't if the GOP could repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but how quickly they could do so. Fast forward two and a half months and, despite having the support of a Republican President and Republican Leadership in a Republican-led Congress, the GOP looks farther away from passing health care reform legislation than they have at any point since the November elections. What does this mean for HIV advocates? It means we need to keep pushing.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 17, 2017


'America First' Budget Puts Non-Defense Spending Last

As was expected, Trump's first formal budget proposal was heavy on military spending and light on pretty much everything else. Among the hardest hit was Department of Health and Human Services, which stands to lose approximately 20 percent of its annual budget under Trump's plan. While Trump's budget did mention the Ryan White program as a priority, it provided no specifics with regards to its funding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 17, 2017

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