National HIV/AIDS Policy

What's the issue?

The HIV/AIDS community transformed health care in the US. We built an integrated network of specialized and comprehensive prevention, testing, treatment, care and support services like housing – and recognized people living with HIV as the experts and leaders in this work. Now we must do so again, in a time of widespread economic hardship, governmental turmoil, and sweeping changes in healthcare and social programs. Otherwise -- despite the promise of healthcare reform, the potential of treatment as prevention, and the path towards reducing social drivers of HIV -- we will never reach the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that:
The US will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.

Why we fight:

To end the AIDS epidemic, we can and must secure and defend a truly national, universal and sustainable system of care for people living with, or at risk of, HIV. We’re insisting on:
  • full national expansion of healthcare and prevention services, with inclusion of those who continue to be left out (like many immigrants and those in non-expansion states);
  • the preservation of crucial HIV-specific care services, such as those of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program;
  • lower cost for medication for all, including access to generics;
  • integration of HIV testing and care with STD and hepatitis screening and treatment, reproductive health, and in life-stage settings or care like schools, adolescent care and geriatrics;
    • the continuation of strong HIV/AIDS research, including community-led and implementation science that can show how our investments and strategies are working in real world settings; and
    • an end to any policies that promote stigma, bias and discrimination.

What's our network doing about it?

HIV PJA is a strong, relentless voice for national HIV/AIDS policies rooted in justice and human rights. We work openly as a peer-led learning community -- sharing information, devising strategies, opening doors to corridors of power, always insisting that our network is represented in the shaping and implementation of policies. We work closely with HIVHealthReform, the Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI), Treatment Action Group (TAG) and others.
Attending USCA? Check out these suggested workshops!

Attending USCA? Check out these suggested workshops!

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) is next week! More than 3,000 HIV community members from across the county will be landing in our nation’s capital. USCA is an opportunity for us to come together, learn from one another, and strategize how we can take action to advance an HIV prevention justice agenda including fighting for […]

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Today is the National HIV Call-In Day to #ProtectHIVCare and #KillTheBill

Today is the National HIV Call-In Day to #ProtectHIVCare and #KillTheBill

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The facts are in. Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act will hurt millions of Americans. The Senate bill largely resembles the House bill that would result in 23 million Americans losing healthcare coverage, including 14 million who rely on Medicaid. In fact, over the long-term the Senate bill is even worse! It […]

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National HIV Call-in Day is Monday, June 26!  Get Ready!!!

National HIV Call-in Day is Monday, June 26!  Get Ready!!!

| June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are in crunch time! The Senate released its own terrible version of the American Health Care Act today. They are expected to vote on it as early as Tuesday of next week. U.S. senators must hear loud and clear from the HIV community that gutting health care for millions of Americans, including folks living […]

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Treatment Action Group condemns murderous White House-proposed 2018 budget cuts for health and research

Treatment Action Group condemns murderous White House-proposed 2018 budget cuts for health and research

| May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

This statement is being sent on behalf of our partners at Treatment Action Group: The full disclosure of President Trump’s FY18 budget reaffirms the current administration’s intention of scaling-back critical progress in programs and research made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, HCV, and other domestic and global health issues. Treatment Action Group, alongside many […]

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Zombie anti-health care bill is back! Call Congress NOW to stop it!

Zombie anti-health care bill is back! Call Congress NOW to stop it!

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The House Freedom Caucus officially endorsed a revised Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a fresh burst of momentum to the GOP’s efforts to revive its stalled health care effort. This new version of the GOP repeal bill the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would be even worse for people with HIV. It […]

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