A Presidential Appeal

A Presidential Appeal

Re “Why Trump Should Keep Pepfar,” by Bill Frist (Op-Ed, Feb. 9):

Bill Frist is exactly right: The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, has been one of the most successful public health and peace initiatives in our country’s history. This lifesaving program is an important example of what our government can accomplish when we set aside partisan disagreements and focus on saving lives.

In the early 2000s, I was honored to lead the bipartisan effort, with the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus, to establish Pepfar. Under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, we have strengthened the program. As a direct result of this bipartisan work, public health experts believe that we are on the cusp of realizing an AIDS-free generation by 2030.

HIV Bill in CA Could Decrease Stigma and Discrimination

HIV Bill in CA Could Decrease Stigma and Discrimination

It is widely unknown amongst the general population in the U.S. that we currently have antiquated and discriminatory laws that criminalize people living with HIV.

Two thirds of U.S. states, territories, and possessions have HIV-specific criminal statutes used to prosecute people with HIV. Most Americans would be shocked to learn that the only country that has prosecuted more people based on HIV status than the U.S. is Russia.

Barry Manilow, Desert AIDS Project honors Elizabeth Taylor

Barry Manilow, Desert AIDS Project honors Elizabeth Taylor

Desert AIDS Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year will honor Elizabeth Taylor posthumously for her trailblazing advocacy and care of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Presenting the Partners for Life Award on Saturday to Taylor’s grandchildren Tarquin and Naomi Wilding is her longtime friend Barry Manilow.

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, in its 23rd year, is known as a star-studded evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy.

Lance Bass will serve as celebrity MC while Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal Minds” assists with the live auction. Two auction items of interest include lunch and an exclusive tour of the Elizabeth Taylor archives in Beverly Hills, and an exclusive tour of photographer Herb Ritts' vault and archives and one of his limited edition prints.

Macy’s Fashion Pass Raises $1.1 million for  The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Macy’s Fashion Pass Raises $1.1 million for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Member of REACH LA, a past recipient of ETAF funding from Macy’s Fashion Pass campaign, show their support for this year’s campaign over the summer. ETAF’s grant to REACH LA helped provide free HIV testing and counseling, linkages to medical care and treatment, and patient support services to African American gay youth and young adults who are at the highest risk for HIV/AIDS, or who are HIV-positive.

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) Named Presenting Sponsor of AIDSWatch 2017

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) Named Presenting Sponsor of AIDSWatch 2017

Organizers are thrilled to announce The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) as Presenting Sponsor for AIDSWatch 2017. AIDSWatch, March 27-28, 2017, brings hundreds of advocates to Washington, D.C. from across the country to educate Congress about the policies and resources needed to end the HIV epidemic. Registration opened on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016 at http://www.aidsunited.org/AIDSWatch.

Elizabeth Taylor became a powerful advocate at a time when little was known about HIV and the public’s hearts and minds were closed to those living with and affected by the virus. An unwavering ally to people living with HIV, Ms. Taylor relentlessly fought HIV-related stigma by sparking conversations about HIV on Capitol Hill and at the dinner table, ultimately imploring our nation’s leaders to understand the human side of the burgeoning epidemic. Elizabeth Taylor’s advocacy kick started a robust national response, including the passage of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the founding of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). amfAR has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS research while the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program remains the country’s largest domestic HIV care and treatment program.

ETAF and PEPFAR launch $4 million partnership to reach men with HIV prevention and treatment services

ETAF and PEPFAR launch $4 million partnership to reach men with HIV prevention and treatment services

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today announced a $4 million, two-year partnership to accelerate progress toward controlling the AIDS epidemic through innovative strategies to reach men aged 25-40 with HIV prevention and treatment services in Malawi.

The partnership will focus on supporting the 90/90/90 UNAIDS treatment targets by working with HIV service delivery organizations on pioneering approaches in HIV testing, treatment, and linkages to care for males in Malawi. In Malawi and many other countries, data show that men often access HIV testing at far lower rates than do women. As a result, men living with HIV often enter care with more advanced disease, are less likely to receive lifesaving ART, miss opportunities to prevent ongoing transmission, and have higher AIDS-related mortality than their female counterparts.

Whoopi Goldberg Receives Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award

Whoopi Goldberg Receives Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award

To honor Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as a true humanitarian, ETAF periodically recognizes outspoken individuals making extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this tribute than our Ambassador and our friend, Whoopi Goldberg. Today on The View, four of Elizabeth Taylor's grandchildren surprised Whoopi with the award live on the show.

SAG-AFTRA, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Call on Hollywood to Spotlight HIV/AIDS

SAG-AFTRA, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Call on Hollywood to Spotlight HIV/AIDS

Panelists at an Wednesday night SAG-AFTRA / Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation event emphasized that Hollywood needs to tell stories that speak to the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS — which today is disproportionately, though not at all exclusively, African-American.

“Where are the movies about Alvin Ailey?” asked actor/writer Tarell Alvin McCraney of awards contender Moonlight, referencing the famed dancer and choreographer who died of AIDS in 1989. “The stories are there, but they don’t make it to where people see them.”

For McCraney, the issue is personal, among other reasons because his mother was diagnosed as HIV-positive when he was 13.

SAG-AFTRA Focuses on ‘Culture of Healing’ for World AIDS Day

SAG-AFTRA Focuses on ‘Culture of Healing’ for World AIDS Day

Half a dozen prominent HIV/AIDS activists asserted Wednesday night at SAG-AFTRA’s Los Angeles headquarters that American society has to break down more barriers to deal effectively with the disease after more than three decades.

“We have to have a culture of healing which we do not have now,” said Tarell Alvin McCraney, writer of the story that serves as the basis for awards contender “Moonlight,” titled “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

McCraney’s mother died of AIDS, a decade after being diagnosed when he was 13. “I remember the first time I cried was when I saw ‘Forrest Gump’ and saw Jenny die and related that to my mother dying,” he added.