No AIDS United Policy Updates during August Congressional Recess
The Policy Update will continue beginning on Friday, September 14.
Make the best of August by visiting, calling, and emailing your Congress Members and telling them how to reach an AIDS-free generation!
Click here to find your Congress Members.
Learn how to Lobby with the Advocacy Toolkit: "HIV Legislative Week in Washington, D.C.: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Influencing Policy on Capitol Hill!"
Call Congress via the HIV Hotline 202.225.3121 and ask for:
1. Protect and implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid.
2. Increase funding for domestic and international HIV/AIDS Programs.
3. Advance policies based on science, not politics.
The White House’s Update on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
On July 2012, the White House released an update on the progress made on implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) as well as relevant new activities performed on the Federal level. Published two years ago, the original NHAS report is the first-ever comprehensive national framework on confronting HIV/AIDS domestically, stating explicit and measurable goals to be achieved by 2015.
The four goals outlined in the landmark document include:
- Reducing HIV incidence
- Improving health outcomes for people living with HIV
- Reducing HIV-related health disparities
- Achieving a more coordinated national response
The NHAS update report emphasizes the progress made in enhancing the: 1) sustainable response to the epidemic (i.e. realigning HIV prevention resources, building partnerships across government and communities, and more), 2) understanding of HIV prevention and treatment science and scaling up effective, evidence-based strategies, and 3) wise investments in HIV efforts, especially crucial in economically challenging times.
Click here to read the entire “NHAS Update of 2011-2012 Federal Efforts to Implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.”
Affordable Care Act Expands 8 New Preventative Health Services to 47 Million Women
Starting on August 1, 2012, eight new preventative health services are covered in many health plans without paying more at the doctor’s office, benefiting approximately 47 million women.
“President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”
The eight new prevention-related services are:
- Well-woman visits
- Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling
- FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling
- Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
- HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older
- Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women
- HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women
Click here to read more about the new preventative benefits for women and watch a video highlighting them.
Use the resources below from HealthCare.gov to learn more about prevention and spread the word!
Visit the updated Prevention & Wellness page on HealthCare.gov.
See the full list of 22 covered preventive services for women.
Blog: Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care.
Read the Health and Human Services’ press release.
Be a Part of Global Female Condom Day–September 12
Last week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., advocates announced that the first ever Global Female Condom Day will take place on September 12, 2012. The dedicated day of action offers advocates around the world the opportunity to educate their communities about the importance of female condoms. Female condoms are highly effective safe-sex options for women, men, transpeople, and youth. However, most people remain unaware of female condoms or are unable to access them. Global Female Condom Day aims to increase the number of people who know about, use, and advocate for female condoms.
Sign up today to be a part of Global Female Condom Day!
Visit the National Female Condom Coalition website to access the organizing tools your need to increase awareness, access, and use of female condoms locally and globally.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ACA Implementation Forums
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) will host multiple forums to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA), specifically on next steps concerning ACA implementation, creation of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges in all states, and coverage provisions of the ACA effective in 2014. These sessions will be hosted across the country and run from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Please click here to RSVP for one of the following sessions.
August 14: Washington, D.C. (This session will also be webcast)
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall
200 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20201
August 15: Atlanta
National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
August 21: Chicago
Social Security Administration, Center Auditorium
600 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661
August 22: Denver
Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall, University of Denver
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Click here to pre-register (required).
Click here for more information on the Affordable Care Act and Exchanges.
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Coalition for Health Funding's Nondefense Discretionary Letter and Toolkit
On Thursday July 12, the Coalition for Health Funding sent a cross-community letter of support for nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs to all congressional offices and major media outlets. In total, nearly 3,000 national, state, and local groups signed on.
Click here for the NDD Letter.
Click here to read the Coalition for Health Funding's press release.
In addition, the NDD Summit has developed a toolkit of materials to help community organizations promote their participation in supporting NND programs.
- Sample press release: Use this press release template to showcase your involvement.
- Media talking points: Use these talking points if you receive calls from the media regarding your organization's participation.
- Social Media Tip Sheet and Sample Tweets. Direct messaging to the Members of Congress! The tip sheet includes the complete list of Members of Congress and their Twitter handles, as well as other social media accounts.
- Customizable NDD Fact Sheet, available here. For your ongoing efforts on Capitol Hill, we encourage you to use this fact sheet and customize it to suit your needs using the blue, editable text box on page two.
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day–September 18!
The AIDS Institute launched the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) on September 18, 2008 to increase awareness of the challenges the aging population faces in HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. Visit The AIDS Institute's NHAAAD page to learn more about the observance and access resources.
AIDS.gov also offers information on HIV and aging.
Access the webinar hosted by the Administration on Community Living: The Graying of HIV/AIDS: Community Resources for the Aging Services Network Webinar (2012).
We invite the aging population, organizations, and community members to develop, implement and participate in awareness activities and events on or around September 18th.
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day–September 27!
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded the National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAD) in 2008. Visit the NAPWA’s NGMHAD page to learn more about the observance and register for events hosted in Washington, D.C.
Click here to register for:
- Gala Red Ribbon Party, Sunday evening, September 25, 8:00 p.m.–midnight at Washington, D.C.’s Town dance club ($10) - VIP Pre-party Reception 6:00-8:00 p.m. ($50).
- Monday, September 26 all-day conference at D.C.’s Human Rights Campaign headquarters–panels on health and prevention for gay men, the special experience of gay Latinos, and more.
- Tuesday, September 27 9:00 a.m. prayer breakfast, 12:00 p.m. press conference with District of Columbia Mayor Vince Gray, all-day HIV testing, and 5:00 p.m. Red Flash Mob to release remembrance balloons in D.C.’s Dupont circle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers multiple helpful resources, including this fact sheet on HIV among gay and bisexual men.