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Make the AIDS Vote Count: Ask Your Candidates' Stance on Women and HIV Issues!

October 27, 2010

This article was provided by the U.S. Positive Women's Network.

Positive Women's Network

The November 2nd elections are fast approaching. Do you know where your candidate stands on issues important to women living with and vulnerable to HIV? Ask them! Make a call, write a letter, and express your concerns and needs to your candidates.

Candidate Questions on Issues Important to Women Living With HIV

  1. Is HIVAIDS included in your platform? If not, why not?
  2. How will you seek to prevent new HIV infections among women, especially women of color, in __________ (county, state, the U.S.)?
  3. Women with HIV experience extreme levels of stigma and social isolation. How will you promote a compassionate response to women living with HIV and work to reduce HIV related stigma?
  4. Where do you stand on the inclusion of abortion coverage as a service provided for low income women, particularly for women who will be covered under pre-existing insurance pools?
  5. How will you seek increase access to HIV care, support, and treatment services for women affected by HIV in _______ (county, state, the U.S.)?

    1. In the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, there is a strong interest in local, state, and federal government and community-based organizations working together to address HIV transmission and access to care. How will you lead this movement from your new position as ________? How will you include women living with HIV in this effort?
  6. Housing instability, mental illness, violence, and lack of substance use services, including syringe exchange, are all correlated with women?s vulnerability to HIV acquisition. What is your strategy to increase access to these services in _______ (county, state, the U.S.)?

For these questions and information on how to ask your candidates, download the PWN Candidate Questions on Women and HIV handout.

Also, download the PWN's non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote toolkit for individuals and organizations.

PWN Blog Tips and Worksheet: want to let folks know where your candidates stand? Use the PWN's Blog Tips to write about it.

CDC HIV Surveillance in Women Slides: you can use CDC data on how the HIV epidemic is affecting women to support your talking points when asking your candidates questions and while blogging!

CDC HIV Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity Slides: you can use CDC data on how the HIV epidemic is affecting communities to support your talking points when asking your candidates questions.

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