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Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in the 2017 list of HIV Advocates to Watch.

Published
11 January 2017
From
My Fabulous Disease
Community Mobilization: An Assessment of Mechanisms and Barriers at Community-Based and AIDS Service Organizations in Nine U.S. Metropolitan Areas

“So much of what we have gained in combatting HIV, including prevention and treatment research, comprehensive health care programs and insurance coverage, and community-based organizations, is the product of communities that mobilized to overcome government indifference and unresponsiveness,” said Mark Harrington, Executive Director of TAG. “The importance of community mobilization in response to the HIV epidemic cannot be overstated, particularly as we prepare to defend a number of federal protections and policies that are critical to people living with HIV."

Published
09 January 2017
From
TAG
Mayor to make history by appointing SF's first openly HIV-positive supervisor

Mayor Ed Lee is expected Friday to announce the appointment of longtime HIV/AIDS and civil rights advocate Jeff Sheehy to the District 8 seat on the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Examiner has learned. Sheehy works as director for communications for the UC San Francisco AIDS Research Institute.

Published
06 January 2017
From
San Francisco Examiner
Access to highly effective hepatitis C treatment in Portugal: A Community Perspective

This document presents a case study of community engagement for highly effective hepatitis C treatment, led by the Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos. It demonstrates the process of price and reimbursement negotiations in Portugal and lessons learned in advocacy for universal (or as close as possible) access to these and other life-saving drugs.

Published
19 December 2016
From
EATG
As HIV Activists in the Age of Trump, We Need to Look Beyond the Gay Paradigm

In the online panic after Trump was elected president, many of my friends began reposting articles from the summer -- based on campaign literature from 16 years ago -- saying that Vice President-elect Pence had advocated that AIDS treatment money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program be redirected toward gay conversion therapy. Meanwhile, a very recent and well-documented story about a sudden and severe HIV outbreak in Indiana while Pence was governor received much less traction.

Published
07 December 2016
From
The Body
The Unintended Consequences of AIDS Survival

A treatment activist chronicles the unique health and psychosocial challenges of long-term survivors and outlines goals for mobilization.

Published
07 December 2016
From
Poz
When We Rise: The exclusive interview with AIDS activist & author Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer whose work has spanned more than three decades. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jones to pick his brain about sex in San Francisco before AIDS, founding San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and how activists can take action with an incoming Donald Trump administration.

Published
02 December 2016
From
BETA blog
The Fight for HIV Travel Insurance Cover

How a ten year battle to get travel cover for HIV patients changed the face of medical travel insurance.

Published
02 December 2016
From
World First
World AIDS Day: What We're Grateful For

On this World AIDS Day, AVAC is drawing strength, as we always do, from our partners and from these issues, individuals and developments that shine light on the road ahead.

Published
02 December 2016
From
AVAC
Trump leaves AIDS advocates feeling anxious

The election of Donald Trump has left many people with HIV, their medical providers, and advocates feeling uncertain and anxious. Although Trump said little about HIV during the presidential campaign, his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and his conservative Cabinet picks suggest many of the advances of the Obama years may be rolled back. But all agreed that it is hard to predict specific details.

Published
01 December 2016
From
Bay Area Reporter
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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