Ending the Epidemic: Declaration to end AIDS in America

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The momentum to bring an end to HIV is coalescing, we’re asking everyone to commit in writing to ending the epidemic.  Will you sign the Declaration to END AIDS in America?  A Blue Ribbon Panel will draft the treatise.  The Declaration will crystallize our values and beliefs on how to take the science of Treatment as Prevention (TasP), High Impact Prevention (HIP), and Combination Prevention and make it work at a community level.   It will challenge us to use the Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White Care Act to provide essential services for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) so that our grandchildren will have an AIDS free generation.  This oath provides an aspirational set of principles to guide our movement and the nation.  It will put the leadership and the perspective of PLWHA upfront, and be committed to decreasing new HIV infections while highlighting the continued need for a vaccine and a cure.

The official signing of the Declaration will occur at this year’s Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. The Summit will be September 29-30 in Las Vegas, just prior to the United States Conference on AIDS. The document will be open for everyone to sign and commit to ending the epidemic.

The declaration will not be a laundry list of needs, instead it will focus on four points:

Promote PLWHA leadership in efforts to increase health care engagement and treatment

    1. Eliminate new HIV infections
    2. Reduce stigma, discrimination, and social injustices which increase HIV vulnerability and health disparities
    3. Maintain strong commitment to finding a vaccine and a cure

The Declaration requires money, in-kind donations, human resources and commitment.  A successful outcome depends upon planning, cooperation and a vision to make it real.  It will not happen overnight, but imagine when we are successful.

Dr. Julio Montaner will Chair the panel.  Dr. Montaner is widely regarded as one of the fathers of TasP.  His cutting edge work regarding advocacy and implementation of TasP has brought us to this moment in history.  Now we must take the science and implement it at a community level.

Please see all of them below:

Julio Montaner, MD, FRCPC, FCCP
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS


Bertrand Audoin
International AIDS Society


Jeff Bachar
Western North Carolina AIDS Project


Nancy Bernstein
National AIDS Housing Coalition


Don Blanchon
Whiteman Walker Health


Scott Campbell
Elton John AIDS Foundation


Robert Carroll
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


Kevin Cathcart
Lambda Legal


Guillermo Chacon
Latino Commission on AIDS


Tommy Chesbro
HIV+ Activist


Cyndee Clay
Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive


Chris Collins


Masen Davis
Transgender Law Center


Oscar De La O


John Duran
HIV+ Elected Official
West Hollywood City Council


Jamal Edwards
Howard Brown Health Center


Bill Farrand
Test Positive Aware Network


Ingrid Floyd
Iris House


Robert Greenwald
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Harvard Law School


Neil Giuliano
San Francisco AIDS Foundation


Kathie Heirs
AIDS Alabama


Marjorie Hill
Gay Men’s Health Crisis


Regan Hoffman
HIV+ Magazine Editor
POZ Magazine


Jody Huckaby
PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)


Rebecca Issacs
Equality Federation


Lorri Jean
LA Gay & Lesbian Center


Loretta Jennings
Outreach Inc.


Mark Johnson
Brotherhood, Inc.


Monica Johnson
HIV+ Executive Director


Ronald Johnson
HIV+ Activist
AIDS United


Wilbur Jordan, MD
Los Angeles, CA


Michael Kaplan
HIV+ Executive Director
Cascade AIDS Project


Paul Kawata
National Minority AIDS Council


Mara Keisling
National Center for Transgender Equality


Reverend Joyce Turner Keller


Kate Kendell
National Center For Lesbian Rights


Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks
National Black Justice Coalition


Jeff Levi
Trust for America’s Health


Lance Toma
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center


Marsha Martin
Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services


Terry McGovern
Ford Foundation


Hernan Molina
West Hollywood City Council


David Munar
AIDS Foundation of Chicago


Kathy O’Brien
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation


Gregory Pappas, MD, PhD
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration
DC Department of Health


Mario Perez
Los Angeles Office of AIDS Programs and Policy


Alvan Quamina
AIDS Project of the East Bay


Patrick Reynolds
The House That Wisdom Built


Valerie Rochester
Black Women’s Health Imperative


Therese Rodriguez
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS


Michael Ruppal
The AIDS Institute


Randy Russell
Lifelong AIDS Alliance


Bamby Salcedo
HIV+ Trans Activist
Los Angeles Children’s Hospital


Eric Sawyer
HIV+ Activist


Julie Scofield
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors


Pernessa Seele
The Balm in Gilead


Ron Simmons
Us Helping Us


William Smith
National Coalition of STD Directors


Terry Stone


Adam Tenner
Metro Teen AIDS


Dan Tietz
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America


Carole Treston
AIDS Alliance for Children Youth and Families


Calvin Twoguns
Liberty Research Group


Evelyn Ullah
Broward County Health Department


Modesto Tico Valle
Center on Halsted


Dana Van Gorder
Project Inform


Steven Wakefield
HIV Vaccine Trials Network


Andrea Weddle
HIV Medicine Association


Phill Wilson
HIV+ Executive Director
The Black AIDS Institute


A. Toni Young
Community Health Education Group


Jose Zuniga
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care


We can end this epidemic, but its going to take all of us—working together.  If you want to have input into the Declaration, please contact Kali Lindsey klindsey@nmac.org. More information about the Summit To END HIV/AIDS in America will be released in August.

Yours in the struggle,


PK Signature


Paul Kawata
Executive Director