For those of us who lost friends to AIDS, it’s such a relief to know that we live in very different times from the height of the AIDS epidemic. However, despite advances in healthcare and general understanding of HIV/AIDS, those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS still experience pervasive stigma, a lack of resources, and trouble accessing critical treatment and therapies.
Our work to lift barriers related to HIV/AIDS reaches across a number of focus areas.
In our advocacy with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), we promote increased access to physical and mental health care for LGBTQ detainees, with a strong focus on access to transition-related and HIV/AIDS-related care.
We work to ensure LGBTQ homeless youth have access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. .
The National LGBTQ Task Force serves on the LGBT and HIV Criminal Justice Working Group. Together with our partners we’re working to provide access to clean syringes, modernizing HIV criminalization laws, and ensuring returning citizens have access to HIV prevention and treatment.
Finally, we’re acutely aware of the structural barriers faced by communities experiencing alarming rates of HIV/AIDS and are committed to eradicating those barriers. These communities include LGBTQ people of color, people engaged in sex work, youth experiencing homelessness, transgender women, and people who inject drugs.