HIV Equal
By HIV Equal Editors
January 26, 2016

AIDSWatch organizers are thrilled to announce The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) as Presenting Sponsor for AIDSWatch 2016. AIDSWatch, the largest constituent-based HIV advocacy event in the U.S., will bring hundreds of HIV advocates to Washington, D.C. from across the country to educate Congress about the policies and resources needed to end the HIV epidemic. In tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS, ETAF will be named presenting sponsor and contribute $100,000 to the event, which is organized by the Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP), AIDS United, and the US People Living with HIV Caucus. AIDSWatch 2016 will take place February 29 – March 1, 2016, in Washington D.C.

At a time when we knew little about HIV, Elizabeth Taylor worked tirelessly to build awareness of HIV/AIDS and raised much-needed funding to support research, treatment, and care. Her 1986 testimony in support of the Ryan White Program helped pave the way for broad bi-partisan support and raised crucial awareness of the issue across the nation and world.

Thanks to new advances in treatment, improved access to care through health reform and new prevention technology that includes Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the end of AIDS is finally in sight. However, success in this battle will depend on key legislative efforts that include on-going support and modernization of the Ryan White Care Act, removing the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs, ensuring funding and support for comprehensive sexual health education, and addressing unjust HIV-criminalization laws across the United States. The need for advocacy on these issues is just as important today than ever before.

“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.” EE

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation’s commitment to AIDSWatch enables organizers to continue the legacy of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s advocacy and build upon the success and impact of AIDSWatch. Registration, scholarship application process, and more information can be accessed at www.aidsunited.org/AIDSWatch.

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