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President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Meets

May 18, 2012

President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Meets

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) held its 46th Full Council Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday May 16-17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Speakers included Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of The White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. At the meeting, PACHA members voted to approve the:

  • Convening of the Disclosure Summit on Safe and Voluntary Disclosure and HIV Status in the United States
  • Resolution to Support Comprehensive Sex Education for Our Nation's Youth
  • Resolution on Needs of Women Living With or At Risk for HIV
  • The Letter to the President Regarding Support for Syringe Exchange Program Funding

In addition, PACHA accepted public comments from the community. AIDS United Director of Political Affairs William McColl took this opportunity to call for the lifting of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs submitted on behalf of 91 signed-on community organizations. In response, PACHA members voted to send a letter to the President, encouraging the Administration to make federal funding for syringe exchange programs a top priority in future negotiations.

To read a full account of the PACHA Meeting, click here.



  
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This article was provided by AIDS United. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
 
See Also
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Executive Summary
U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy
More on U.S. HIV/AIDS Policy

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