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.
Watch the video for TAG community mobilization webinar

Watch the video for TAG community mobilization webinar

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Download the slides! This webinar by Treatment Action Group (TAG), SpeakUP and HIV PJA presents the findings of a new report from TAG that explores the mechanisms and barriers to community mobilization, and will engage participants in a discussion to support more funding, research and dissemination of effective models, which may be critical in the […]

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Say NO to Tom Price confirmation!

Say NO to Tom Price confirmation!

| January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Call your U.S. senators today! Confirmation of Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary, Georgia Representative Tom Price, threatens the health of millions of people in the U.S., including people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Price’s commitment to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gut Medicaid and remove critical consumer protections makes clear […]

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Watch the webinar!

Watch the webinar!

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

How to measure success Improving our national HIV prevention indicators Download the slides! Last week, Treatment Action Group and HIV PJA collaborated on a webinar discussing about the key HIV prevention indicators and what community advocates and other key stakeholders need to know about how we measure success in our national HIV prevention efforts. Thank you […]

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Black PLWHA face higher rates of incarceration, longer sentences

Black PLWHA face higher rates of incarceration, longer sentences

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

This message featuring HIV PJA co-manager Maxx Boykin is being sent on behalf of the Black AIDS Institute: Maxx Boykin, co-chair, BTAN Chicago Advocacy and co-manager, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance By April Eugene The hyperpolicing of Black bodies doesn’t merely occur as people walk, drive, breathe or engage in other daily activities while Black. Two recent […]

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Watch the webinar! Countering threats to AIDS research at NIH

Watch the webinar! Countering threats to AIDS research at NIH

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Countering threats to AIDS research at NIH: What happened and what you can do Download the slides! Yesterday, Treatment Action Group and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance collaborated on a webinar about the state of HIV/AIDS research funding at NIH. Panelists delved into the history of the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), and the current pipeline […]

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