At AIDS Action, we advocate for public policy that bolsters prevention and supports people already living with HIV/AIDS. We do this with certain core principles in mind:
- HIV prevention should be evidence-based, and public policy should only support the research and development of evidence-based approaches.
- People living with HIV/AIDS should have control over the disclosure of their health status, as HIV stigma and discrimination still persist.
- Public funding should be used to help treat people living with this disease.
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Take Action – Ask Your State Rep to Fully Fund HIV Services in MA
Earlier this year, Governor Baker proposed a $4.8 million cut in funding for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C programs, a substantial 15% decrease. The House budget committee was able to partially close the gap with only a $3.8 million cut, but we need them to finish the job.
Please reach out to your representative today and ask them to support needle exchange programs and other prevention and support services by level-funding the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C line item and co-sponsoring the following budget amendments.
Top Priority: Representative Lewis’ Amendment to restore level funding for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C services to provide necessary public health interventions like needle exchange programs and PrEP, and better care for the increasing caseload of people living with HIV and hepatitis C.
Other Supported Amendments:
- Representative Lewis’ Amendment to correct a technical problem that prevents DPH from making maximum use of federal dollars for HIV/AIDS programs and services
- Representative O’Day’s Amendment to restore funding for ending youth homelessness including the Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and the annual Massachusetts Youth Count Survey which was eliminated altogether
- Representative Stanley’s Amendment to restore funding for youth violence prevention programs including Youth on Fire, AAC’s drop-in program for homeless and street-involved youth in Harvard Square
- Amendment #90 to expand eligibility and increase overall funding to $18.5 million for RAFT assistance to help more households avoid or exit homelessness (Representative Decker)
- Each of these amendments ensures critical services for the clients of AAC and those living with and affected by HIV in Massachusetts.
Please take the time to contact your representative now. We are counting on you.