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I came of age in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey in the 1990s. As a femme gay boy in this conservative area, I heard many hateful, stigma-filled things. I’m sure you’ve heard most of them.
The worst of these was that the only future I had to look forward to was dying alone from AIDS.
But that is a lie, and I know it’s a lie because of events like Fall AIDSWatch.
AIDSWatch is the largest annual, constituent-based, national HIV advocacy event. It’s been going on for 28 years. And for 28 years people like you and I have gathered to learn the most up-to-date information about the HIV epidemic and to advocate for the things we know can end the HIV epidemic in the United States. This fall will bring us to the second ever Fall AIDSWatch, a continuation of our regular AIDSWatch event to ensure our advocacy continues throughout the year.
Fall AIDSWatch 2021 will be held Sept. 27 and 28.
We have all of the tools necessary to end the HIV epidemic. What we lack is the political will to invest in those tools. And the only thing that can change that is advocacy.
But not just any advocacy. Facts and figures are necessary, but personal stories are powerful. Members of Congress need to hear our stories of how HIV has impacted our lives and how the government can invest in programs that both prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of those of us living with HIV.
Fall AIDSWatch will give you the resources to not only share the facts and figures, but also tell your story.
AIDSWatch events are typically held in person in Washington, D.C., but we’ll gather virtually this year because of COVID. And to make sure as many people as possible can attend, we’re making Fall AIDSWatch registration totally free.
The September Positive Life program invitation will also be extended to our providers for we have a particularly important topic that is being presented. The program "Booster recommendations, and Delta variant spread and surveillance" will be presented by Kim Saruwatari & Geoffrey Leung in association with Riverside County Dept of Public Health starting at 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 7th.
We hope to see you all there!
Upcoming Positive Life Program dates
10/05/21 - "Medicare & ACA plans" with Brian Bilhartz & Cesar Perez.
11/02/21- "Wasting in HIV" with Marc Vincent
12/07/21- "Healthy Sex & STDs" with Phyllis Ritchie, MD
The amfAR HIV-COVID Recovery study is ready to go.
We are enrolling people living with HIV (or their HIV-negative friends, partners, etc) who have had a positive COVID-19 swab within the last month prior to enrollment in the study. This may be ambitious, but we can enroll in any of the lower 48 states--including Delta variant hotspots--so we are casting the widest net possible.
The study website can be viewed here. People can sign up for a call from the study team using this site. Spanish-speaking study staff are available for those who want to participate in Spanish.
SB258 is funding the Office of AIDS to create up to five demonstration projects over the next 3 years responding to the needs of people living with HIV 50 years and older. The Golden Compass Program at Ward 86 in San Francisco is a model that can guide the development of the project. But your advise will also ensure the programs meet the needs of older (not necessarily old!) people living with HIV.