By Tyler Curry
March 2, 2016
This week, HIV activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington DC to take part in the largest constituent-based advocacy event in the country, AIDS Watch 2016. Presented by Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and organized in partnership by AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project, and the U.S. People Living With HIV Project, AIDS Watch prepares people living with HIV to speak with their elected officials about the policies and issues that matter to them most.
AIDS Watch 2016 focused on four key legislative efforts; ongoing health reforms such as The Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White Program; housing opportunities for people living with AIDS (HOPWA) Program; comprehensive sexual health education; HIV criminalization; and funding for the federal response to the HIV epidemic.
“The work that AIDSWatch does to elevate the voices of people living with and affected by HIV is crucial, and very much aligned with Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate approach. She used her enormous platform to advocate for those whose voices were being ignored, just as AIDSWatch is doing today,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “ETAF is thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor for the second time and to see the impact of this exciting event continue to grow.”
Before heading to the Hill to speak with their congress members, AIDS Watch participants spent the day receiving guidance on the best ways to speak to and influence federal policy makers and building robust community ties with one another on the issues that matter most.
Take a look and see the bright minds and beautiful faces that made up this year’s #AIDSWatch2016.