Tell your newly elected public officials what AIDS means to you
Newly elected legislators will soon be walking the halls of Congress and the state Legislature. With many issues on the minds of these public officials, we need to make sound and reasonable AIDS policies a priority for them.
Federal representatives in the House and Senate must understand the importance of the Federal AIDS portfolio, which includes funding for the Ryan White CARE Act, HIV prevention education, research and housing. State legislators need to hear how AIDS policies impact the quality and quantity of our lives. They have to know how the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) keeps people with limited incomes healthier and how an encoded HIV surveillance system will provide important information about the epidemic without driving people away from testing.
Letters with personal stories on how HIV/AIDS has impacted your lives need to be sent to your newly elected legislators on the federal and state level. Congratulate them on their recent victory and explain to them why legislation to improve the quality of life for people with HIV disease is important to you. If possible, tell them how AIDS dollars are spent in providing services for constituents living in your district.
To find out who your newly elected officials are, please call your local registrar of voters and ask for the election information section. Tell them you want to know who represents you on the federal and state level. In Los Angeles County, the telephone number for the registrar of voters is (562) 462-2748.
This article was provided by AIDS Project Los Angeles. It is a part of the publication Positive Living.