White House Says Women Are a Priority in the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Women and HIV Leaders Meet With Administration; Focus on Human Rights, Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health as Key Component of Gender-Sensitive National HIV/AIDS Strategy
December 11, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- This past Tuesday the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) held an historic meeting focused on women and HIV. Their goal was to bring together experts in the field to advise in "making women a priority population in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy." Speakers included the U.S. Surgeon General; leadership from the Domestic Policy Council and Council on Women and Girls; leadership from the Office of National AIDS Policy; HIV researchers; and advocates for women and HIV, including members of the U.S. Positive Women's Network.
"The National HIV/AIDS Strategy must include special attention to the needs of women and girls? we must focus both on ending the epidemic and on improving the lives of people living with HIV," said Valerie Jarrett, a key advisor to President Obama and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Ms. Jarrett also referenced her personal commitment to HIV in witnessing HIV stigma and shame, and her experience of the loss of a family member to HIV.View Full Article
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