In advance of President Obama’s release of budget requests for the 2014 financial year,we ask you to sign a petition calling him to preserve funding for HIV/AIDS programs. We have 30 days to collect 100,000 signatures to garner response from the White House, so please take a moment to SIGN THE PETITION!
Patricia Kisare writes about the U.S. commitment to addressing HIV in the latest Third Way Cafe.
To achieve an AIDS-free generation, care and medicine must be provided to every HIV-positive person while keeping focus on preventing new infections. Antiretroviral medicines have proven to reduce the chance of transmission by 96 percent. Therefore, as more HIV-positive people get medication, the less likely they are to infect others. In addition to treatment, it is essential to continue making all other prevention tools accessible, especially to people who are at most risk.
Read the entire article here.
For the first time since 1980s, the International AIDS Conference will take place in the U.S., in Washington DC.
The International AIDS Conference is the premier meeting for those working in the field of HIV/AIDS, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV/AIDS and others committed to ending the epidemic. It features daily plenary sessions; professional development workshops; exhibitions and components such as the Global Village–open to the public. The Conference brings together people from all over the world.
We encourage you to attend!
Click here for more information about the conference.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and the many strides women across the globe have made, we are also reminded of the difficult and complex fight ahead. While we have made much progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS, women continue to bear the blunt of the epidemic. 50 percent of the world’s population living with HIV are women. Think about this number for a minute.
We know for sure if we do not provide sufficient treatment to those affected, many of them will die. This is one of the many reasons why the U.S. should continue to fund HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs. Because without them, we will lose our sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends.
Patricia Kisare reflects on global progress in treating HIV/AIDS for Third Way Cafe:
Early Saturday February 19 the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 1)
that would cut federal spending by $61 billion. The cuts come mainly in programs dedicated to assistance for vulnerable populations in the U.S. and internationally.
You can let your Senators know that this approach to the budget is neither responsible nor just.
Together, these two areas of the budget represent just 15 percent of U.S. spending. Although the same legislation requests a defense budget 3 percent lower than the President’s 2011 request, it is still $8 billion higher than 2010 levels. Defense spending represents over 50 percent of U.S. discretionary (not mandatory) spending.
The math is questionable: how can we address the deficit without addressing the most expensive portion of the budget? Even beyond military spending, H.R. 1 fails to adequately address a number of root causes of the nation’s deficit.
Investments in global HIV/AIDS programs save lives. The new report (2010) by the United Nations’ programme on HIV/AIDS shows that the number of new infections and death from Aids are declining. Whilst progress has been made, the report also reveals that there is a sharp increase in new infections and Aids related deaths in other parts of the globe (i.e. Eastern Europe and central Asia) where the rates were lower. This mixed progress underlines the need for continued global efforts to fund HIV/AIDS programs.
Click here to read the full report.