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Opinion

The Consequences of Our Elections: Why The Midterms Matter to People Living With HIV

August 3, 2018

Elections have consequences. We heard those words often 2 years ago before the 2016 Presidential election. At AIDS United, we said them ourselves many times in the months before the election. Back then, the phrase was motivational, but it was also aspirational. It was uttered at a time when we thought we had the luxury of focusing on the gains we had yet to make in ending the HIV epidemic and ensuring everyone living in the United States had access to affordable, quality medical care. When we spoke those words again after November 9th, 2016, their intonation and implications had changed. Then, we were no longer imagining the progress that might come as a result of our advocacy -- because, as we will not tire of reminding you,

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