The AIDS Institute, Partners Remind RNC/DNC Convention Delegates to “Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS in U.S.”

August 28, 2012 and August 31, 2012

Coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations emphasize urgency of creating an AIDS-Free generation in America.

RNC:

TAMPA, FLORIDA  -- August 28, 2012 – The AIDS Institute, AIDS United, Metro Wellness and Community Center, the Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network (FHAAN), and OASIS are urging delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention to maximize gathering momentum to creating an AIDS-free generation in the United States. 

At a non-partisan luncheon during the Republican National Convention titled, "Turning the Tide of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.," physicians, community leaders and people living with HIV/AIDS will discuss the current state of national HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, as well as issues related to access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the HIV/AIDS community to remind convention-goers and the American public that more than 1.2 million people living with HIV live in the United States and that number grows every year,” said William McColl, Political Director of AIDS United.  “New research shows that we now have the treatment and prevention knowledge and tools to roll back the epidemic. We just need the political will to link people living with HIV to treatment and care, and to help HIV-negative people remain HIV-free,” said McColl. 

Scheduled as the keynote speaker for the event is, Dr. Joseph F. O'Neill, Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.   An HIV/AIDS physician for nearly 30 years, Dr. O’Neill began caring for patients at University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General in the early 1980’s.  He was the only physician on the White House Domestic Policy Council during the first term of the George W. Bush administration and was involved in health related issues that reached that level of policy review. President Bush credited Dr. O’Neill as the ”architect” of his Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – the largest global health initiative in history (now $48 billion).  He additionally held the position of Director of National AIDS Policy during the Bush Administration.

AIDS United will hold a similar event at the time of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on September 4, 2012. “We hope that by coming to the cities where the Conventions are held and reaching out to national and local leaders from each party, as well as members of the community, that we will provide real insight into the needs of people living with HIV in our country, and help find a way forward to end this disease,” said McColl. 

The luncheon details are:
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Noon - 2 p.m.
Metro Wellness and Community Center
1315 E 7th Ave.
Tampa Bay, FL 33605
(813) 232-3808

For a complete event agenda, click here.

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DNC:

CHARLOTTE, NC, August 31, 2012 – With an AIDS-free generation within our reach, The AIDS Institute, AIDS United and other partner organizations in North Carolina and from around the country are urging delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to reinvigorate their commitment to ending the epidemic United States. 

At a non-partisan event during the Democratic National Convention titled, "Turning the Tide of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.," physicians, community leaders and people living with HIV/AIDS will discuss the current state of national HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, as well as issues related to access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.  The event will take place on Tuesday, September 4.  A similar event was held during the Republican National Convention on August 28.

One of the confirmed speakers for the event is Jeffrey Crowley, who served as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. As the President’s chief HIV/AIDS advisor, Crowley developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, focused on lowering the number of new HIV infections, increasing access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

Also invited to speak is Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), who co-chairs the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and has been a devoted champion for sound HIV public policy.

“This event, along with our event during the Republican National Convention on August 28, presents a key opportunity to remind convention delegates from both parties that we have tools to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country, if we choose to exercise our political will to do it,” said Ronald Johnson, AIDS United Vice President of Policy and Advocacy.  “We must ensure that candidates both commit to and are held accountable for ensuring that people living with HIV in the United States get the life-saving treatment and care they need, and that people who don’t have HIV remain HIV-free.”

The event details are:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 10 a.m. - noon.
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)
First United Methodist Church
501 N. Tryon St.
2nd Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372.7246
Continental breakfast will be served.
RSVP: sarah.evans@discoverychicago.com

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