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Are You Ready for the Release of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy?

June 25, 2010

This article was provided by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.

We anticipate that President Obama will release the National HIV/AIDS Strategy very soon: a comprehensive, five-year plan of action to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

After nearly 30 years battling HIV/AIDS, will the federal government finally have a coordinated plan of action designed to achieve greater progress against the epidemic?

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Members of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and the CHAMP Network have been part of a massive mobilization demanding a Strategy that addresses the root causes of HIV, changes the structures that increase vulnerability to HIV infection, hones in on those at the core of the epidemic in the United States, and is measurable and accoutable. It's vital that we stay engaged to ensure that the Strategy really works.

Please join us in using and sharing two tools for engagement on the Strategy:

  1. The Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy has created a new guide for preparing for the release of the Strategy. It includes ideas on how to utilize this unprecedented announcement, including core concepts to underscore in communication as well as ways to leverage the Strategy's release to draw local and national attention to urgent issues affecting our communities.
  2. The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance invites you to call into Tuesday's meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the top advisory body to President Obama on the epidemic. Its membership includes people living with HIV, and it also includes long-time allies of CHAMP and members of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.

Thanks in part to your efforts demanding community involvement in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, PACHA members are currently reviewing a confidential draft of the Strategy.

If you can be online during the call, please also go to www.preventionjustice.org where HIV PJA leaders will be liveblogging (that's a blog that is updated in real time during a particular event) and inviting your comments!

To join the PACHA call and HIV PJA liveblog follow these steps:

  1. This Tuesday, June 29, from 4pm-5pm EST, call into the PACHA meeting/conference call:
    IN THE U.S.: 888-455-2653. International: 1-210-839-8485
  2. Enter the access code: 158777
  3. Go to www.preventionjustice.org to link to our liveblog.

As always, we will ensure that your thoughts, experiences and comments are shared with the Office of National AIDS Strategy and any other entities with the power to make the changes we need.

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