Each year AIDSWatch brings together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies in Washington, D.C., to learn about the latest policy issues, messaging strategy and advocacy tactics. And we will keep returning, until we have succeeded in ending the HIV epidemic.
We now have the knowledge and tools to end the HIV epidemic in the United States, and federal officials have committed to doing so in the next 10 years. However, meeting this goal will require substantial scale-up of solutions, removal of barriers and real leadership.
There must be collaboration — across the political aisle, between federal, state and local governments and between the public and private sectors. Solutions must be based on scientific evidence and human rights. We can make the unprecedented opportunity of ending the HIV epidemic in the United States a reality by providing the resources, policies and programs necessary to ensure that HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services are widely available.
For over 25 years, advocates from across the United States have brought their own voices to the nation’s halls of power for AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest annual constituent-based HIV advocacy event.