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AIDS Action Council

AIDS Action has been instrumental in the development and implementation of major public health policies that improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and that ensures evidence based prevention programs to stop the spread of new infections.

In 1984, three years after the first reported AIDS cases, lawmakers remained silent as AIDS became national epidemic. Alarmed by the federal government's lack of action, a handful of the nation's community-based AIDS service organizations came together to create a united voice to educate and engage our elected officials. AIDS Action was created to forge a coordinated national response to AIDS and to ensure that our federal government responded. Our successes have been many including the passage of the Ryan While Care Act in 1990 and its subsequent reauthorizations.

On Jan. 1, 2011, AIDS Action and the National AIDS Fund merged to create a stronger national organization in the fight against HIV/AIDS, called AIDS United.

AIDS United
1424 K Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202.408.4848
Fax: 202.408.1818

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The Federal Budget Process and HIV/AIDS Funding

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Overview of the Federal Budget HIV/AIDS Funding The Federal Budget Process Appropriation vs. Authorization Authorization Appropriation Supplemental Appropriations Constituent Involvement The Tracking of a Bill The...

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Faith-Based and Community Response to HIV/AIDS

Introduction What the Faith-Based Initiative, as Envisioned by President Bush, Would Do Faith-Based Organizations Have a Long History of Health and Human Service Work in the U.S. Partnerships Between the Federal Government and Faith-Based Org...

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Policy Facts: Communities of Color and HIV/AIDS

From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, people of color have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The impact of HIV and AIDS on communities of color has become more serious with every passing year. In 1982, people of co...

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AIDS and Drugs: Twin Epidemics

With half of all HIV infections attributed directly or indirectly to substance abuse, getting dirty needles off our streets, getting people into substance abuse treatment and making the battle against illegal drug use more effective must be a top nat...

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Frequently Asked Questions and Responsible Responses

Why does AIDS have its own federal health care funding stream?

The Ryan White CARE Act was established in 1991 as a partnership between the federal government and local community health leaders to fortify the fight against AIDS in ways that meet the...

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Media Misnomers

Reporters usually cover several issues and cannot be expected to be AIDS experts. It's important to inform members of the media about the current state of the AIDS epidemic.Don't Confuse AIDS and GayMany continue to think of AIDS as a gay disease. In...

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A Winning Message Makes a Winning Cause

It's the first thing you learn in Politics 101: No cause wins without a compelling message that resonates with the voters.

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Whether we agree w...

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Policy Facts: Abstinence Education and HIV/AIDS

Each year, half of all new HIV infections in the United States are among individuals under age 25. Two young Americans under the age of 25 are infected with HIV every hour, resulting in 20,000 new infections per year among young people. Yet federal f...

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Policy Facts: Incarcerated Populations and HIV/AIDS

The United States has the second highest rate of incarceration in the world. One in 32 Americans (two million people) is incarcerated. At the end of 1999, nearly 6.3 million adults were incarcerated or on parole. Seventeen percent of people living wi...

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Policy Facts: Older Americans and HIV

Individuals aged 50 and older account for over 11% (81,000) of AIDS cases in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) AIDS cases among individuals over the age of 50 have increased 22% since 1991. The CDC a...