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HIV/AIDS Policy

HIV Advocacy Has a New Champion in Representative Jack Lewis

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom | No Comments
During the recent House budget deliberation, Representative Jack Lewis of Ashland and Framingham secured a nearly unprecedented $1 million in additional funding for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C programming across Massachusetts. This increase continues to close the gap after Governor Baker cut the HIV/Hepatitis C line item by $4.8 million and the House Ways & Means Committee reduced the cut to $3.8M. We call on the Massachusetts Senate to finish the job and fund the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C line item at a minimum of $33.1 million in FY18. Shortly after securing the funding increase in the House Budget, Representative Lewis 
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Policy Changes May Expand Behavioral Health Care Access For People Living With HIV/AIDS

By | Behavioral Health, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Comprehensive behavioral health care is a key component of overall wellness. For people living with HIV (PLWH), access to these services is especially critical. The stress caused by pervasive stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS has been shown to contribute to a number of behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and substance abuse. The duel challenges of HIV and psychiatric diagnoses means that this population has unique behavioral health needs that must be integrated into culturally-competent care plans. A new brief from The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care at The Fenway Institute outlines recent changes in federal 
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Take Action This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Project ABLE, a statewide coalition of AIDS service providers, advocates and people with HIV/AIDS, is commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day this year with its first Virtual Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 7. As proud members of Project ABLE, Fenway Health and AIDS Action Committee urge you to get involved and take action this Tuesday to fight HIV/AIDS and end racial health care disparities. According to the Department of Public Health, black residents in Massachusetts are diagnosed with HIV infection at ten times the rate of white populations. This disparity is unacceptable and must be combatted with renewed investment in 
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Governor’s 9C Cuts Could Impact Access to Healthcare

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced $98 million in budget cuts in response to anticipated revenue shortfalls, including nearly $1 million in cuts to the HIV/AIDS line item. These cuts will impact a range of programs, including HIV counseling and testing, access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and access to clean syringes and life-saving Narcan. “These reductions are concerning and could threaten the care and services that Fenway Health and other organizations provide to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, as well as the prevention programs that have been so effective in helping us reduce new diagnoses 
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Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition releases plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, led by the AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health, and over 35 supporting organizations from the six health regions of the Commonwealth, today released a plan to end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. The plan seeks to ensure that by 2020, 90 percent of those living with HIV are aware of their status; 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are treated with antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of those receiving antiretroviral treatment are virally suppressed. It is modeled on the Getting to Zero new HIV infections plan created by the Joint United Nations Programme on 
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