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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Please Override Governor Baker’s Veto of HIV & Homeless Youth Funding
Governor Baker has vetoed $2.5M in recommended funding for the HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C line item in 2018. This cut would devastate HIV programs and prevention across the Commonwealth. Governor Baker has also cut funding for homeless youth services in Massachusetts
Please reach out to your legislators today and ask them to override Governor Baker’s dangerous vetos. We are thankful that the Legislature recognizes how important it is to fund HIV/AIDS work, harm reduction, and youth homeless services, but there is more work to be done.
Massachusetts must continue to invest in the HIV/AIDS line item. Needle exchange programs and PrEP are proven effective tools that reduce HIV transmission and empower people to take control of their health, connection to care, and prevention education, among countless other services. We cannot afford to lose any of these vital resources in the midst of an opioid crisis that threatens the historic progress we’ve made in reducing new infections.
Take action now! Ask your legislators to support smart investments in public health, prevention, and youth homelessness that can save lives and millions of dollars in healthcare spending by overriding Governor Baker’s vetoes.