Congress Extends Program to Fight HIV/AIDS Abroad

APA supports bipartisan measure to continue the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

On Nov. 12, 2013, President Obama signed the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-56). The law extends the PEPFAR for five years and strengthens oversight of the landmark 2003 legislation. Introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the bill received strong bipartisan support in the Senate and House of Representatives. APA joined a PEPFAR sign-on letter to Congress (PDF, 595KB) in support of the bill and sustained investments in global HIV/AIDS programs.

Enactment of the law guarantees PEPFAR's continuation for the next five years. In addition to lifesaving treatment and medications, PEPFAR funds support HIV testing, prevention counseling, behavioral interventions to promote adherence to medications, and special efforts to address the needs of most at-risk populations (e.g., injection drug users, women, men who have sex with men).

The Public Interest Government Relations Office leads APA's advocacy to advance HIV/AIDS congressional priorities in the 113th Congress (PDF, 103KB). PI-GRO's 2014 HIV/AIDS priorities include:

  • Advocating for the highest funding levels for global AIDS programs.
  • Educating Congress, the administration, nongovernmental organizations and coalition partners about psychology's vital role in informing policies designed to prevent and treat HIV, and mitigate HIV-related stigma and discrimination across the globe.

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