In 2018, The HIV Community's Fight Continues and Intensifies
January 5, 2018
2017 was a year in which HIV advocates achieved more than many thought possible given the dire political circumstances, but it was also a year in which many people suffered needlessly from the proliferation of unjust policies from Washington. People living with and affected by HIV locked arms in solidarity with the oppressed and vulnerable people of this nation, letting the people in power know that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, creation of grossly unjust tax policies, and institutionalized discrimination against people of color, religious minorities, and the LGBT community would not stand. We won some of these battles, like the votes on ACA repeal, and lost others such as the fight to stop Congressional Republicans from passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy.
Less than a week into the new year, it is clear that the same vigilance and energy we put into fighting for health and basic human rights of people living with or affected by HIV will be needed again in 2018. With the Congressional midterm elections coming up in November we must dig deep and rededicate ourselves to our advocacy work to ensure that the next Congress will genuinely help us work towards ending the HIV epidemic in America.
However, with midterm elections still 10 months away, many other issues require our attention and advocacy. Here is a sampling of what to expect in 2018:
It is clear that people living with HIV and their allies will need to stay vigilant and engaged in 2018. One way to do so is to attend AIDSWatch, the nation's largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. Combined, our voices, stories, and passion will get us closer to ending the epidemic. You can register here.
[Note from TheBody.com: This article was originally published by AIDS United on Jan. 5, 2018. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]
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