APA coordinates important meetings on Capitol Hill around HIV/AIDS issues
On Thursday, December 15, 2011, Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) staff accompanied APA member and preeminent HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot on meetings in the offices of Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ). The meetings come on the heels of APA’s endorsement of two bills related to HIV/AIDS that were recently introduced by Rep. Lee:
Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS Act (H.R. 1880): The legislation would require a status report on both the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and efforts to provide universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment internationally.
REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act (H.R. 3053): The legislation aims to reform current HIV criminalization statutes, to reduce the HIV/AIDS related stigma that undermines health initiatives focused on screening, prevention, and treatment.
In the coming months, PI-GRO will continue to champion these and other HIV/AIDS-related legislation and collaborate with members of the newly created Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.
APA support letter for H.R. 1880 (PDF, 188KB)
APA support letter for H.R. 3053 (PDF, 67KB)
APA Fact Sheets and Briefing Sheets
Increased Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Needed for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Among Women of Color