Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Co-chairs Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Jim McDermott (D-WA) The Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus was created to examine methods by which the United States can maintain global leadership in the response to the epidemic.
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As we mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let us work to uplift and empower young people. They are critical in o...
04/10/2017

As we mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let us work to uplift and empower young people. They are critical in our fight against stigma and discrimination and will help end AIDS by 2030! #NYHAAD

Discrimination prevents far too many people from getting tested & accessing HIV care. This #WorldAIDSDay, join us in com...
12/01/2016

Discrimination prevents far too many people from getting tested & accessing HIV care. This #WorldAIDSDay, join us in combating stigma and break the silence around HIV/AIDS.

As we mark National Gay Men’s #HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let’s work to end homophobia & stigma that prevents far too many ...
09/27/2016

As we mark National Gay Men’s #HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let’s work to end homophobia & stigma that prevents far too many from getting tested and accessing care. #NGMHAAD

John Lewis
06/28/2016

John Lewis

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is still with us. Every day too many people lose their lives to this disease. We must make a way out of no way. HIV/AIDS is not a disease that discriminates. It affects all of us--our friends, our family, our neighbors. We must fight this together. Today I took an HIV/AIDS test to show you cannot allow fear or stigma to stand in the way of knowing your status.

Today, we mark National African American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This community has experienced the terrible cost of thi...
02/07/2016

Today, we mark National African American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This community has experienced the terrible cost of this disease. As we mark today, I ensure all to take their health in their hands, get educated, get tested and get care if you need it. Together, we can see an #AIDSFreeGeneration! https://locator.aids.gov/

As a caucus, we work with partners, both inside and outside the government, to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Recently...
02/01/2016
What Drives Me? Getting to an AIDS-Free Generation

As a caucus, we work with partners, both inside and outside the government, to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Recently, Doug Brooks, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, discussed some of the priorities laid out in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to unite in the global fight against HIV, show solidarity with those living with the vi...
12/01/2015

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to unite in the global fight against HIV, show solidarity with those living with the virus and remember those lost to this terrible epidemic. As we mark this important day, we can and must commit to ending this disease because the time to act is now.

Since 1995, June 27th has marked National HIV/AIDS Testing Day. This year’s theme is: Take the Test. Take Control.“Each ...
06/27/2015

Since 1995, June 27th has marked National HIV/AIDS Testing Day. This year’s theme is: Take the Test. Take Control.

“Each year, I proudly participate in National HIV/AIDS Testing Day - I take the test and I take control. As we mark the 20th anniversary of National HIV/AIDS Testing Day, I hope that all Americans will take this opportunity to get tested and take control of their health,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chair and co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus

“National HIV Testing Day is an important reminder of what we all should be doing. Testing is crucial to ensure you know your health status and can fully inform your partner. By knowing your status, you can begin life-saving treatment earlier and prevent further transmission of HIV,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

“In our fight against HIV and AIDS, knowledge is power. While we continue our efforts to better understand the biology of HIV and AIDS and work to combat the social inequalities faced by those living with it, the knowledge of one’s status is fundamental to preventing its transmission and stemming the tide of this devastating disease. At the same time, it is vitally important that we continue our support for the PEPFAR program,” said Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in seven HIV-positive individuals is unaware of their status.

“Given this statistics, more than 800 people in my district could be HIV-positive and unaware of their status. We must do more to ensure that everyone has the necessary resources to get tested and take control of their health,” added Congresswoman Lee.

As in past years, the co-chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus have arranged for HIV testing on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress as well as Congressional and facilities staff.

Individuals can find HIV/AIDS services by visiting www.locator.aids.gov.

The effort to end childhood #AIDS is truly a bipartisan movement. Read this great OpEd by co-chairs Congresswoman Ileana...
05/07/2015
Crossing the aisle to end childhood AIDS

The effort to end childhood #AIDS is truly a bipartisan movement. Read this great OpEd by co-chairs Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Congress’s commitment to realizing an AIDS-free generation. #HIV

What can be accomplished when people work together is truly remarkable. This holds true in so many endeavors, but it is especially true in politics.

More than half of young people living with HIV/AIDS don’t know they have been infected. Visit https://www.aids.gov/ to g...
04/10/2015

More than half of young people living with HIV/AIDS don’t know they have been infected. Visit https://www.aids.gov/ to get tested & find services

The African American community is facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic. Last year, nearly half of new US HIV infections were amon...
02/07/2015

The African American community is facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic. Last year, nearly half of new US HIV infections were among African Americans. Take action to end HIV infections – find testing locations here: https://locator.aids.gov/ #NBHAAD2015

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus co-chairs: Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & Congressman Jim McDermott have a n...
10/29/2014
The key to an AIDS-free generation | PSI Impact | Global health news and commentary brought to...

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus co-chairs: Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & Congressman Jim McDermott have a new editorial in IMPACT on the need for more frontline health workers to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The key to an AIDS-free generation Reps. Barbara Lee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jim McDermott Rep. Barbara Lee Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Rep. Jim McDermott When we talk to people on the frontlines of the global fight against HIV/ AIDS, one thing becomes immediately clear: There is a great shortage of trai…

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Marks National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness DayWashington, DC – The co-chairs of the Congr...
09/18/2014

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Marks National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Washington, DC – The co-chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus issued these statements marking National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day:

“Awareness days are critical to increasing the public conversation about HIV/AIDS and empowering Americans to take their health into their own hands,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). “Tragically, the most recent Center for Diseases Control reporting on HIV infection in older Americans showed some increases in HIV infection. It is clear that much more work remains in order to increase awareness amongst older Americans about HIV and its transmission. As we work to address this epidemic, we cannot leave anyone behind.”

“On HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, we recognize the particular challenges that people living with HIV/AIDS face as they age, including the earlier onset of physical and cognitive conditions, as well as obstacles to treatment and care that all must confront as they age,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). “With projections for more than half of Americans living with HIV/AIDS to be over 50 years old by next year, we must provide this population with the focus, research, and support it needs. I remain committed to helping ensure that HIV-infected people of all ages receive the care they need and to an AIDS-free future at home and abroad.”

“Today’s observance of HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day should serve as a reminder of the unique issues facing older adults living with HIV/AIDS,” said Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA). “More than half of those living with HIV who die each year are 50 or older, and the disease progresses most quickly among older patients. Moving forward, we must continue to raise awareness of the complexities and challenges of this disease for older Americans, and it is essential that we invest in outreach, treatment, and research that will one day bring an end to this global epidemic.”

08/28/2014

EVENT ALERT: The Impact of HIV/AIDS & Viral Hepatitis among Hispanics in U.S. South & Puerto Rico hosted by Latino Commission on AIDS & Hispanic Health Network.

This Congressional briefing is in recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.

September 9, 2014
11AM-Noon
Longworth House Office Building: Room 1539

Co-chaired by:
Congressman Charlie Dent,
Congressman Mike Honda,
Congressman Hank Johnson,
Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
Congressman Jim McDermott &
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

The New York Times has a great article on the successes of PEPFAR in South Africa but also warns that these successes ma...
08/26/2014
AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril

The New York Times has a great article on the successes of PEPFAR in South Africa but also warns that these successes may be in danger.

"Though few Americans or even South Africans realize it, the nation owes much of its success to a single United States program, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, started in 2003 under President George W. Bush. It has poured more than $3 billion into South Africa, largely for training doctors, building clinics and laboratories, and buying drugs."

Though few Americans realize it, South Africa owes much of its success in the fight against AIDS to a single United States program — one that is now in moving elsewhere.

Congresswoman Lee and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Host HIV Testing to Mark National HIV Testing Day Washington, DC – In c...
06/28/2014

Congresswoman Lee and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Host HIV Testing to Mark National HIV Testing Day

Washington, DC – In conjunction with Whitman-Walker Health, Congresswoman Lee and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen hosted confidential HIV testing for Members of Congress and their staffs.

“While I am proud to again participate in National HIV Testing Day, we should be mindful of the risk of HIV/AIDS year round. It is estimated that out of the 1,200,000 people living with the disease in the United States, almost 200,000 are unaware that they have the disease. By knowing your status, you can take control and help put an end what to what is still a national public health crisis, and I encourage everyone to get tested,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27), a co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

“I am proud to participate in National HIV Testing Day because HIV/AIDS remains a national and global public health crisis. It’s important that Americans take control of their health, get tested and take action to be healthy,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13), a co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. “Sixteen percent of HIV-positive individuals are unaware of their status meaning more than 800 people in my district could be infected and unaware. I encourage everyone to get tested this Testing Day and get test regularly.”

FREE, FAST and CONFIDENTIAL HIV Testing provided by Whitman-Walker Health.  THURSDAY, JUNE 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pmNew...
06/23/2014

FREE, FAST and CONFIDENTIAL HIV Testing provided by Whitman-Walker Health. THURSDAY, JUNE 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
New Jersey Ave & C Street SE. Members of Congress and staff are encouraged to participate.

Congresswoman Lee on U.S. Relations with Uganda in Light of Discriminatory LGBT Law |...
02/28/2014
Congresswoman Lee on U.S. Relations with Uganda in Light of Discriminatory LGBT Law |...

Congresswoman Lee on U.S. Relations with Uganda in Light of Discriminatory LGBT Law |...

Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the future of US relations with Uganda in light of discriminatory, anti-LGBT legislation signed into Ugandan law this week: “I am extremely concerned by the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality legislation in Ugand...

Congressman Adam Schiff
12/03/2013

Congressman Adam Schiff

Today on the 25th World AIDS Day, we must recommit to a world without AIDS and the first AIDS-free generation in our lifetimes. Honored to be a part of the rededication of the Red Ribbon on the Tower of Hope at Hollywood United Methodist Church.

Maxine Waters
12/03/2013

Maxine Waters

Today marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Since this epidemic began, we continue to be encouraged by new research advances that will someday lead to a cure, but we are nowhere near the finish line we seek in taking control over this terrible illness. Let's rededicate ourselves to caring for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and recommit our efforts to finding a cure.

World Aids Day
12/03/2013
World Aids Day

World Aids Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. Do something to mark World AIDS Day, you can also find out the facts about HIV and bust the myths.

World AIDS Day - December 1
12/03/2013
World AIDS Day - December 1

World AIDS Day - December 1


Looking for ways you can take action around World AIDS Day? Here are a few simple, powerful, and engaging ways.

Welcome to AIDS.gov
12/03/2013
Welcome to AIDS.gov

Welcome to AIDS.gov

HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and using new media in response to HIV/AIDS

Welcome to AIDS.gov
12/03/2013
Welcome to AIDS.gov

Welcome to AIDS.gov

HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and using new media in response to HIV/AIDS

Congressman Hank Johnson
12/03/2013

Congressman Hank Johnson

This year's #WorldAIDSDay theme is "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation." We are all in this fight together.

The Obama White House
12/03/2013

The Obama White House

"An AIDS-free generation: That’s the world I want for my daughters. That’s the world we want for all our families." —President Obama on #WorldAIDSDay

12/03/2013
Mike Honda

Mike Honda

This last weekend, we observed World Aids Day: “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation,” to raise awareness on the impact of HIV/AIDS worldwide. We also celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which supports people living with HIV and is committed to eliminating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As a member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, I celebrate our advancements against this epidemic and remain committed to creating an AIDS free world.

12/03/2013
Congressman David Cicilline

Congressman David Cicilline

Although we have made great progress against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we still have a tremendous amount of work to do to achieve an AIDS free generation. On World AIDS Day, we celebrate the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to stemming the tide of this public health pandemic here in the United States and around the world.

Today, nearly 35 million people around the world have died from HIV/AIDS, including an estimated 1,593 Rhode Islanders. With nearly 2,200 people in Rhode Island currently living with the disease and up to 100 people infected each year, this disease continues to impact Rhode Islanders and people all over the world.

Last month, with tremendous bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and I was proud to be a vocal proponent of this action. As we mark the 10 year anniversary of PEPFAR, it is critical that the United States continues to play a leadership role in the fight against this disease.

Over the past decade, PEPFAR has enabled expanded access to antiretroviral therapy for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, which has led to a decrease in deaths from this devastating disease all around the world. I will continue to work in Congress to advance our ability to eradicate this disease and to support our country in continuing its leadership role in an increasingly international effort against HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day gives us a chance to join in solemn recognition of the lives lost and to recommit ourselves to the goal of ending HIV/AIDS in Rhode Island, across the country, and across the world.

---David

12/02/2013

@SenWarren: Today on #WorldAIDSDay we recommit to ending HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & around the world #WAD2013

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), founding co-chair of the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and lon...
12/02/2013
Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), founding co-chair of the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and long recognized as a Congressional leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, released the following statement today regarding #WorldAIDSDay.

Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS - The Huffington Post

12/02/2013
Congressmember Karen Bass

Congressmember Karen Bass

Today, we acknowledge the millions of people whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, and we lift up the millions of Americans and people around the globe who live with HIV or AIDS. I will continue to work with President Obama and leaders from around the world to increase efforts to prevent new infections as well as to ensure those living with HIV/AIDS and related infections have the necessary treatment and care to live healthy productive lives.

Today at the White House: President Barack Obama delivers remarks in observance of World AIDS Day. #WorldAIDSDay
12/02/2013

Today at the White House: President Barack Obama delivers remarks in observance of World AIDS Day. #WorldAIDSDay

The HOPE Act lifts the research ban.  In time, it could lead to these organ donations for people living with HIV.  And t...
11/22/2013
HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act is Now Law | The White House

The HOPE Act lifts the research ban. In time, it could lead to these organ donations for people living with HIV. And that, in turn, would help save and improve lives and strengthen the national supply of organs for all who need them.

President Obama signs into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, bipartisan legislation that updates regulations from 1988 to reflect our advances in understanding and treating HIV

Caucus Member and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the House floor, speaking in favor of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Ove...
11/20/2013
Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of PEPFAR Reauthorization | Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Caucus Member and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the House floor, speaking in favor of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013.

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today in support of the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has provided life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care, and prevention for millions of people. Below are the Leader’...

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Despite the severity of the challenge, the unprecedented global response to AIDS has passed important milestones, dramatically expanding access to prevention, care, and treatment. Thanks to bipartisan efforts in Congress, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) reduce the burden of HIV and AIDS in numerous countries and have put us on track to eliminating pediatric AIDS. Within the United States, through initiatives like the Ryan White CARE Act and the development of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we are poised to put HIV and AIDS on the long term road to elimination. The Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus was created to examine methods by which the United States can maintain global leadership in the response to the epidemic.

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