Get Ready for the August Recess!
August is right around the corner, which means Congress is about to be on a month-long recess! So your Members of Congress will be in their districts, conducting town halls and meeting with constituents to understand what issues are impacting them the most. The August recess is the perfect time for individuals and organizations to meet with their Members of Congress to remind them that HIV is an issue that impacts YOUR community! AIDS United is putting together an August recess toolkit that can be used by individuals and organizations to make the most out of this time. We will be sending out the toolkit soon, so be on the lookout and start thinking about the meetings you’ll want to have with your Members of Congress!
Congressional Briefing on Syringe Services Programs
A briefing on Capitol Hill will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, on "Prescription Opioids, Heroin and Disease Prevention: Law Enforcement, Research and Community Perspectives." The briefing is held in cooperation with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The briefing will review syringe services programs on the front lines of the nation's opioid and heroin epidemics. The briefing will also include the screening of a short film produced by amfAR titled The Exchange. The screening will be followed by a discussion of program and policy issues critical to advancing public safety and health on topics including addiction, overdose, HIV and Hepatitis C.
The briefing will take place from 2:30-4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in room 208-209 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. To RSVP,click here or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This briefing is arranged in conjunction with: amfAR, AIDS United, Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance, Evergreen Treatment Services (Seattle, WA), Harm Reduction Coalition, HIV Medicine Association, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., National Minority AIDS Council, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and Tapestry Health.
African American Hepatitis C Action Day and Webinar
The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), in partnership with the Harm Reduction Coalition and theCoalition for Positive Health Empowerment (COPE), is spearheading the first annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day, Thursday, July 25, 2013, a commemoration designed to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of the Hepatitis C epidemic on communities of African descent. Harm Reduction Coalition and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Resource Network Program, in partnership with Coalition for Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.) and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), are presenting a webinar on “ African Americans and Hepatitis C.”
Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States and a leading cause of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. African Americans and Blacks have a higher prevalence of chronic Hepatitis C infection compared with non-Hispanic white Americans and are twice as likely to have ever been infected with Hepatitis C.
This webinar will take place on Thursday, July 25, and will provide information on the impact of Hepatitis C on African Americans and strategies to address the viral hepatitis C epidemic in the African-American community.
Click here to register for the webinar TODAY!
This action day is in conjunction with the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day, which is July 28, 2013. Learn more about events going on that day by clicking here.
Positive Women’s Network – USA Seeking HIV-Positive Women for Survey
Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) is celebrating its fifth birthday! To mark the occasion, PWN-USA is seeking input from women living with HIV in the United States, including trans women, to help build a stronger future for women living with HIV/AIDS in the US. Click here to access the survey, and please share widely.
Pledge to Take Action on Global Female Condom Day, September 16, 2013!
September 16, 2013, marks the second annual Global Female Condom Day, and the National Female Condom Coalition and Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme are seeking your support! Click here and pledge to take action along with female condom advocates across the globe on September 16, 2013.
Email your Republican Members of Congress TODAY to Support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act!
Last month marked the 32nd anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that first identified AIDS. Five patients in Los Angeles were treated forPneumocystis carinii pneumonia and were the first to be identified in the MMWR with symptoms of what would later be known as AIDS. Thirty-two years later, we finally have the tools, scientific knowledge, and expertise to see the end of HIV.
Despite our wealth of knowledge now, 32 states and 2 U.S. territories still have criminal statutes based on perceived exposure to HIV. H.R. 1843, the REPEAL (‘‘Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal”) HIV Discrimination Act, is bipartisan legislation that addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV. This bill would modernize current criminal law approaches that target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.
The time to sign is NOW. CLICK HERE to email your Republican Member of Congress and encourage her or him to sign on as a cosponsor to the bipartisan REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act! It is crucial to have significant Republican support for this bill before reaching out to Democratic Members. Without strong initial Republican backing, we will be unable to achieve full bipartisan support for this critical issue.
AVAC Accepting Applications for 2014 Advocacy Fellowships
AVAC, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, is accepting applications now until August 5, 2013, for their 2014 HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowships. The goal of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellowship is to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to monitor, support and help shape biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation of proven interventions worldwide. The Advocacy Fellowship is guided by AVAC’s conviction that effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships.
The Advocacy Fellowship provides support to emerging and mid-career advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. These projects are designed to addresses locally identified gaps and priorities. Fellows receive training, full-time financial support and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations working in HIV/AIDS and/or advocacy.