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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World AIDS Day, December 1st

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics.

Screenshots from Interactive World AIDS Day 2013 Infographic by CNN

Source: UK’s National AIDS Trust, WHO, UNAIDS, amfAR, CDC
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We’re working toward an AIDS-free generation by raising awareness of safer sex and how to get tested for HIV/AIDS. How will you help?

Housing Works and nearly 1000 members of New York’s HIV/AIDS community, are marking the 25th commemoration of World AIDS Day by declaring that now is the time to end AIDS as an epidemic here in New York State.

  • New York State has borne the highest US burden of the HIV since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic 1981.
  • New York State has also been the center of activist, community, government and scientific innovation and collaboration in responding to the AIDS pandemic.
  • New York State has the people, institutions, resources and political will to end our AIDS epidemic and to become a leader nationally and globally in showing how to end AIDS.

Join us on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 PM in Times Square between 45th and 46th Streets on 7th Avenue.

Getting to ZeroIn advance of both World AIDS Day on December 1 and DC’s annual replenishment meeting for the Global Fund, 38 lawmakers just sent President Obama a letter urging him to double the amount of people receiving ARV treatment through PEPFAR by 2016 (That’s from 6 million to 12 million people!).
That’s a good way to help get it down to zero.

Getting to Zero

In advance of both World AIDS Day on December 1 and DC’s annual replenishment meeting for the Global Fund, 38 lawmakers just sent President Obama a letter urging him to double the amount of people receiving ARV treatment through PEPFAR by 2016 (That’s from 6 million to 12 million people!).

That’s a good way to help get it down to zero.

Celebrating the Possibility of a Cure
AIDS Policy Project is encouraging advocates across the country to pass along information about an HIV cure through informal, grassroots “teach-ins” on or around October 5. On the big day, the organization will host a livestream teach-in on its website; it will also have hotline volunteers available in order to answer any questions, as well as a cadre of researchers on hand to help delve into the nitty-gritties of memory CD4 cells and CCR5-Δ32 gene mutations.
For more information on getting involved, click here.

Celebrating the Possibility of a Cure

AIDS Policy Project is encouraging advocates across the country to pass along information about an HIV cure through informal, grassroots “teach-ins” on or around October 5. On the big day, the organization will host a livestream teach-in on its website; it will also have hotline volunteers available in order to answer any questions, as well as a cadre of researchers on hand to help delve into the nitty-gritties of memory CD4 cells and CCR5-Δ32 gene mutations.

For more information on getting involved, click here.

I Am Loved and I Am Loving
I tested positive for HIV in 2008. My world did not come crashing down around me when I received the news. It was hardly newsworthy for this crystal meth junkie. I did not feel especially alone as I left from Howard Brown Health Clinic, tucked away in a seedy enclave of Chicago’s otherwise bourgie-hip northside. I did not cry out of fear for my life. I had lost my life long before then. Growing up in a society that made it institutionally impossible for me to fully and visibly exist in all the beautiful complexities of my identity, I simply didn’t give a sh*t.
Read more from Hussain Turk : http://www.poz.com/articles/hussain_turk_2676_23221.shtml

I Am Loved and I Am Loving

I tested positive for HIV in 2008. My world did not come crashing down around me when I received the news. It was hardly newsworthy for this crystal meth junkie. I did not feel especially alone as I left from Howard Brown Health Clinic, tucked away in a seedy enclave of Chicago’s otherwise bourgie-hip northside. I did not cry out of fear for my life. I had lost my life long before then. Growing up in a society that made it institutionally impossible for me to fully and visibly exist in all the beautiful complexities of my identity, I simply didn’t give a sh*t.

Read more from Hussain Turk : http://www.poz.com/articles/hussain_turk_2676_23221.shtml

HHS Defines HIV/AIDS as a Chronic Condition for Medicaid

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a rule to explicitly include HIV/AIDS as one of the chronic conditions states can use to determine eligibility for health homes, which are comprehensive care systems under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the health care reform law) for people with certain chronic conditions who receive Medicaid.

Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/chronic_condition_medicaid_1_23209.shtml

PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation
Vision: Scientific advances and their successful implementation have brought the world to a tipping point in the fight against AIDS. The United States believes that by making smart investments based on sound science and a shared global responsibility, we can save millions of lives and achieve an AIDS-free generation.
Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/pepfar_blueprint_end_aids_401_23207.shtml

PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation

Vision: Scientific advances and their successful implementation have brought the world to a tipping point in the fight against AIDS. The United States believes that by making smart investments based on sound science and a shared global responsibility, we can save millions of lives and achieve an AIDS-free generation.

Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/pepfar_blueprint_end_aids_401_23207.shtml