We're in this together

Several people sit in the office of a member of Congress. Four people are on couches and two people are in arm chairs. They wear AIDSWatch shirts that read, "This is what an HIV advocate looks like."

March 17-19, 2024

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.

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As AIDSWatch enters its 31st year, we are eager to welcome you to Washington, D.C.

“We’re In This Together,” is more than this year’s theme. It is also a proclamation that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter if this is your first or 31st AIDSWatch, your voice is needed.

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 30 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.

Cada año, AIDSWatch congrega a cientos de personas con VIH y a sus aliados en Washington, D.C., para conocer asuntos de las políticas más recientes, las estrategias de comunicación y las tácticas de defensoría. Y nos seguiremos reuniendo hasta que logremos acabar con la epidemia del VIH.

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Ahora que AIDSWatch entra en su año 31.º, deseamos darle la bienvenida a Washington, D.C.

“We’re on this together” no es únicamente el lema de este año. Es también una proclamación de que no importa quién sea usted, no importa de dónde venga, no importa si este es su primer año en AIDSWatch o el número 31., su voz es necesaria.

Ya poseemos los conocimientos y las herramientas para acabar con la epidemia de VIH en los Estados Unidos, y los funcionarios federales se han comprometido a lograrlo en los próximos 10 años. Sin embargo, para alcanzar este objetivo será necesario ampliar las soluciones esenciales, eliminar los obstáculos y ejercer un verdadero liderazgo.

Es necesario que haya colaboración, por encima de los intereses políticos, entre los gobiernos federal, estatal y local, y entre los sectores público y privado. Las soluciones deben basarse en evidencias científicas y en los derechos humanos. Podemos hacer realidad una oportunidad sin precedentes de acabar con la epidemia de VIH en Estados Unidos proporcionando los recursos, las políticas y los programas necesarios para garantizar que los servicios de prevención, atención, tratamiento y apoyo del VIH estén ampliamente disponibles.

Durante 30 años, los defensores en todos los Estados Unidos han hecho escuchar su voz en los espacios de poder de la nación en favor de AIDSWatch, el mayor evento anual de defensa del VIH apoyado por los constituyentes.

Scholarship applications  are currently closed.

2023 AIDSWatch in review

AIDSWatch 2023 was a huge success. More than 350 HIV advocates from 37 states meet with 182 congressional offices. Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to seeing you at the next AIDSWatch. Read more on our blog.

2023 advocate briefs

At the 30th anniversary AIDSWatch, we continued this advocacy work focusing on policies relating to quality of life, access to health care, civil rights, aging with HIV, HIV decriminalization and federal funding. All of this is in the context of both the COVID-19 pandemic and mpox outbreak, which continue to disproportionately impact our communities. While there has been tremendous progress since that first AIDSWatch, we still need vigorous HIV advocacy.

Check out all the priority policies advocates pushed for at AIDSWatch 2023.

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