Remarks by President Obama for World AIDS Day 2013

"The United States of America will remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  We will stand with you every step of this journey until we reach the day that we know is possible, when all men and women can protect themselves from infection; a day when all people with HIV have access to the treatments that extend their lives; the day when there are no babies being born with HIV or AIDS, and when we achieve, at long last, what was once hard to imagine — and that’s an AIDS-free generation."

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Do the Math: Continuing cuts to PEPFAR would result in over 225,000 fewer people receiving treatment for HI, which would lead to over 52,000 AIDS-related deaths and over 100,000 orphans. A total of 56,200 fewer HIV-positive mothers on antiretrovirals would lead them to transmit the virus to 17,250 infants and would result in close to 9,000 child deaths.

Vote Tuesday! Make Sure the HIV/AIDS Community Is Heard!
First, let me say that the thoughts and prayers of everyone here at NMAC are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our own offices suffered some fairly significant water damage from the storm, but we were extremely lucky that our area was not more heavily impacted. We wish everyone a safe and speedy recovery.
While the Northeast works to repair the damage caused by Sandy, however, the rest of the nation continues to prepare for next week’s election, where, Americans will once again cast their ballots for president of the United States. They will also decide the make up of the House and Senate. The stakes of this election cannot be overstated.
Read more of Paul Kawata’s blog: http://blogs.poz.com/paulkawata/2012/11/vote_tuesday_make_su.html

Vote Tuesday! Make Sure the HIV/AIDS Community Is Heard!

First, let me say that the thoughts and prayers of everyone here at NMAC are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our own offices suffered some fairly significant water damage from the storm, but we were extremely lucky that our area was not more heavily impacted. We wish everyone a safe and speedy recovery.

While the Northeast works to repair the damage caused by Sandy, however, the rest of the nation continues to prepare for next week’s election, where, Americans will once again cast their ballots for president of the United States. They will also decide the make up of the House and Senate. The stakes of this election cannot be overstated.

Read more of Paul Kawata’s blog: http://blogs.poz.com/paulkawata/2012/11/vote_tuesday_make_su.html

Obama Administration Seeks Jobs for People With Disabilities

The Obama administration is instituting an affirmative action rule that would require federal contractors to hit a hiring goal of 7 percent for workers with disabilities, including people with HIV. Currently, the unemployment rate among workers with disabilities is 13 percent, one and a half times the rate for the general population. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination against disabled workers—which include people  and workers with HIV— it doesn’t set hiring goals, only states that employers have to show good faith. The rule would affect 200,000 businesses holding nearly $700 million worth of federal contracts. Before going into effect, the rule will undergo a public-comment and review period. Click here for more.