Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduces JUSTICE Act
This month, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2704, The Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed (JUSTICE) Act, which would require distribution of condoms to inmates and would automatically reinstate or reenroll prisoners who test positive for HIV in Medicaid before reentering communities. Risk reduction among incarcerated populations is a critical prevention tool, and ensuring that those that do test positive for HIV or other STIs have access to care and treatment not only promotes better health outcomes for the individual, but also greatly reduces the likelihood that they will transmit the infection to others.
AIDS Advocates Urge Super Committee to Protect HIV/AIDS Programs from Budget Cuts
On August 22, the AIDS Budget and Appropriations and the HIV Health Care Access Working Group sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them to protect funding for important health programs that serve people living with HIV/AIDS. The Committee, also known as the “Super Committee”, has been appointed by Congress to reduce the nation’s debt.
The letter implores members of the Committee to use a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes revenue increases in order to avoid severely cutting programs that provide prevention, care, treatment, housing, and support services to vulnerable populations.
Over 30 organizations, including NMAC, signed on to this letter in support of protecting HIV/AIDS programs.
The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) builds leadership within communities of color to address challenges of HIV/AIDS. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced this mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous publications and a website: https://www.nmac.org/.
Today, NMAC is an association of AIDS service organizations providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the AIDS epidemic. NMAC’s advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only.
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