September 10, 2012
AIDS United and other partner organizations in North Carolina and from around the country met on September 4 with delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to reinvigorate their commitment to ending the epidemic in the United States.
At a non-partisan event titled "Turning the Tide of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.," physicians, community leaders, and people living with HIV/AIDS discussed the current state of national HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, as well as issues related to access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. A similar event was held during the Republican National Convention on August 28.
One of the speakers for the event was Jeffrey Crowley, who served as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. As the President's chief HIV/AIDS advisor, Crowley developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, focused on lowering the number of new HIV infections, increasing access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
"This event, along with our event during the Republican National Convention on August 28, presents a key opportunity to remind convention delegates from both parties that we have tools to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country, if we choose to exercise our political will to do it," said Ronald Johnson, AIDS United Vice President of Policy and Advocacy. "We must ensure that candidates both commit to and are held accountable for ensuring that people living with HIV in the United States get the life-saving treatment and care they need, and that people who don't have HIV remain HIV-free."