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.
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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KEEP Calling! Demand Congress Vote NO on the American Health Care Act

KEEP Calling! Demand Congress Vote NO on the American Health Care Act

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. House plans to vote tomorrow to end the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he will call the GOP bill (American Health Care Act) for a Senate floor vote next week, if the bill passes the House of Representatives. And President Trump said he will sign the bill […]

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Call now! Tell Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act

Call now! Tell Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act

| March 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

The House of Representatives votes this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid expansion. Calls to congressional members urging a NO vote on the Republican’s “American Health Care Act” are urgently needed. Join HIV advocates across the country in telling Congress to oppose this bill that is bad for people living with […]

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Join national HIV call-in day on 3/21 to stop repeal of health care

Join national HIV call-in day on 3/21 to stop repeal of health care

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Join HIV PJA, PWN-USA, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, HIV Health Care Access Working Group, AIDS United, NASTAD, HIVMA, the AIDS Institute, the Treatment Access Expansion Project, and others for an HIV community-wide congressional call-in day Tuesday, March 21 against the Republican’s health care repeal bill. People living with and vulnerable to HIV across the country will lose essential care […]

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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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