Action Alert: Urge Congress to Fully Fund Domestic HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Programs

By Emily McCloskey, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NASTAD

Action: Contact your Senators to ask them to fully fund domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs

NHTD 2013 Call In DayThe Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill that funds domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs the week of July 7. The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the larger HIV community are leading a call in day on June 27 to ask the Senate to help prevent further cuts and to fully fund domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention, care, treatment, and research programs. Calls on this issue to individual offices can make a difference. Please send the action alert to your networks and communities. If possible, NASTAD also asks you to reach out to your Senators on June 27, National HIV Testing Day (NTHD), and let them know the importance of HIV and viral hepatitis programs.

Background

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee plan to vote on the federal spending bill that supports next year’s domestic HIV/AIDS programs in early July.

  • As a part of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), we need to let Senators know that in addition to HIV testing, they should support full access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and research.
  • Please help us to prevent further cuts by urging Congress to fully fund these programs now.

Action Needed

On June 27th, National HIV Testing Day, please call your Senators and tell them to prevent harmful cuts and to fully fund HIV prevention, care, treatment and research programs.

  • To call your Senators, dial the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

The Message

I am calling on National HIV Testing Day to ask my Senator to fully fund and prevent additional cuts to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and research programs

  • Supporting access to HIV testing means supporting access to the full continuum of HIV programs needed, including HIV prevention, care, treatment, and research.
  • Early identification through HIV testing, and reliable access to effective HIV care and treatment helps people with HIV live healthy and productive lives and is cost efficient. Investing in HIV prevention today translates into fewer new infections and less spending on care and treatment in the future.
  • In my state, such programs already have been cut and are greatly needed, because (insert local details or tell personal story).

We want to hear from you! How are you helping prevent further cuts to HIV and viral hepatitis programs? Tell us by leaving a note below.
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