Poverty is powerful -- in the lives of individuals, at the community level, and in a nation with impoverished social spending.
Poverty is the direct result of economically unjust decisions that destabilize our economy, increase inequality, and undermine our best-laid plans and policies by reducing much needed government revenue.
Poverty increases risk of HIV, and living with HIV is impoverishing for many.
Economic justice (EJ) -- the attainment of rightful access to basic financial and material resources and opportunities -- is a key factor to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States and around the world.
We believe that achieving economic justice will mean fewer cases of HIV and AIDS, reduced suffering and fewer premature deaths.
We are shifting the terms of EJ – changing the dialogue from poverty to income, and from government deficits to equitable revenue where the wealthy pay their fair share.
We show the links between HIV/AIDS and EJ issues, joining campaigns and coalitions to tell the stories of our communities and winning changes that affect people living with HIV and those at risk of HIV infection.
We are active members of the Caring Across Generations and Robin Hood Tax campaign, and work closely with the National Working Positive Coalition and Positive Women’s Network of the USA on issues of income, jobs and EJ.
During the 2013 Conference of Retroviruses & Opportunistic Infections (CROI), HIV PJA’s Jim Merrell wrote a powerful op-ed that galvanized nationwide discussion surrounding the news of the Mississippi “Miracle Baby” that broke at the conference. Although the child was born with HIV infection, very rapid and ongoing treatment with HIV drugs made the virus undetectable. Then […]
Just as the Presidents Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) prepares to host an unprecedented panel on employment issues at their meeting at the end of this month, a six-city study of the largest US cohort of Black gay and bisexual men shows a clear link between social and economic factors — such as unemployment — with the […]
Will 2014 be the year that finally sets our political and community leaders “straight” on the issues of HIV in gay and bisexual men?? Following on the heels of our successful open letter to CDC comes a powerful statement and set of recommendations from the HIV Prevention Advocacy Coalition (HPAC) on gay and bisexual men […]
Last year, HIV PJA launched the Caring Across HIV campaign on issues of HIV, aging, caring, and the rights of in-home health care worker and family caregivers – and we plan to continue to mobilize around these issues in 2014. This recent article from New American Media looks at these issues in San Francisco, where statistics confirm […]
In a press statement on January 15, the UNAIDS and the World Bank collectively released four action points to address extreme poverty, income and HIV/AIDS. This move comes with a high-level recognition that income and poverty indeed do play a role in burden of HIV/AIDS, especially among many poor and marginalized communities that lack access […]