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Atlantic City votes to close New Jersey’s largest syringe services program at the worst time

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that more than 93,000 people died of an overdose in the United States in 2020 — the most in a single year since the CDC began collecting this data. Despite testimony from roughly 50 harm reduction advocates, public health officials and people who utilized the SSP’s services advocating to keep the Oasis Drop-In Center open, the Atlantic City Council voted 7-2 to shutter the SSP.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 23, 2021


For most with insurance, HIV prevention must now be free of charge

For those of us living with and vulnerable to HIV, prevention efforts over recent years have grown beyond our wildest imaginations. Tools like PrEP and the concept of U=U (undetectable = untransmittable) have been transformational to our goal of ending the HIV epidemic. As of January 2021, insurers are not allowed to charge out-of-pocket fees for PrEP. Now, thanks to new rules issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury, insurers cannot charge copays, coinsurance or deductibles for the clinic visits and lab tests required to maintain a PrEP prescription. Insurers have 60 days to comply with the new rule or risk penalties.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 23, 2021


House appropriations leaders increase funding for HIV initiatives

House appropriators recently released their spending proposals for the upcoming fiscal year. We are excited to report that congressional leadership is starting to understand what HIV advocates have known for a long time: If we want to end the HIV epidemic, we must invest in the efforts to address the epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 16, 2021


Happy Birthday U=U!

Undetectable = Untransmittable is turning 5 years old on July 21, 2021.

Posted By: PAC US Team Members (Davina Connor, Cameron Kinker, Deondre Moore and Murray Penner) - Wednesday, July 14, 2021


The importance of knowing your status

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a yearly occasion to encourage people to get tested for HIV and to promote HIV education. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, including about 161,800 people who are unaware of their status.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 25, 2021


Remarks by Jesse Milan Jr. at an LGBTQ community leaders meeting with Democratic U.S. senators

On June 23, 2021, Jesse Milan Jr., AIDS United president and CEO, represented the HIV community among a group of the nation’s leading LGBTQ community leaders at a roundtable meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the challenges and legislative strategies that impact the rights of the LGBTQ community. A total of 16 senators and four organizations attended the informal meeting, with AIDS United the only HIV-specific group present.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Wednesday, June 23, 2021


AIDS United Honors National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8 is National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is a time to reflect and show compassion for those living with HIV as well as a day of hope for Caribbean and Caribbean Americans alike.

Posted By: Jordan Patrick, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow - Tuesday, June 08, 2021


40 years on, where we have been and where we are going

June 5 marks 40 years since an illness that would later be known as AIDS would be reported in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 04, 2021


Embracing Pride, busting whorephobia: Honoring sex workers’ place in the HIV movement

Millions of people across the globe are in the midst of celebrating Pride month. Though most people associate the month of June with Pride parades, few are aware that LGBTQ+ people owe much of their liberation to the tireless efforts of sex workers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 04, 2021


Seeking community input from our partners in the Midwest

Over the last year, AIDS United has brought together organizations across the Midwest to discuss harm reduction philosophy, current strategies, best practices and insights on the impacts of COVID-19 in the region at our Midwest Syringe Services Program Virtual Institutes. And now, we need your help.

Posted By: Helen Parshall - Tuesday, June 01, 2021

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