October 15, 2007
Washington, D.C. -- The leaders of national HIV/AIDS organizations are coordinating efforts to focus renewed attention to HIV/AIDS issues in the United States. They have contacted the presidential candidates of both parties regarding important issues related to the AIDS epidemic in America that they would like to discuss with the candidates, and supplied a statement that they collectively developed to all presidential campaigns. Together, as leaders of national AIDS organizations, they advocate on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and caregivers and their providers of medical care, social services, housing, nutrition, and support services. They also advocate for advances in research and prevention.
According to the statement, "One of our overarching concerns is the lack of emphasis on domestic HIV/AIDS in the media, among elected officials, and the general public in recent years. While we value the emphasis on our nation's contributions toward addressing HIV/AIDS in the developing world, we also believe that a focus on the domestic epidemic is critical. Without such a focus, we will not effectively address the epidemic's prevention, healthcare access, and research issues in our own nation. We want to work with all presidential campaigns to raise awareness about the domestic epidemic, provide information and data, and discuss how HIV/AIDS will be addressed in healthcare reform proposals." The statement of key HIV/AIDS issues is attached, along with a media contact from each national HIV organization involved in this effort.
The organizations participating in this effort are: AIDS Action, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, The AIDS Institute, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, the CAEAR Coalition, the HIV Medicine Association, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, the National Association of People with AIDS, the National Minority AIDS Council, the National AIDS Housing Coalition, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, and the Title II Community AIDS National Network.