AIDS-FREE WORLD 2030 CAMPAIGN
Housing Works’ AIDS-Free Campaign is a collaborative, multi-year initiative committed to ending the AIDS epidemic—in New York State by 2020, in the United States by 2025, and worldwide by 2030. With recent advancements in science, data, and health-care access, we can end AIDS if we have the resolve, even without a cure—by dramatically reducing the number of new HIV infections and by bringing those living with HIV/AIDS to optimal health.
How We Can End AIDS Without a Cure
An HIV+ person on treatment that renders the virus “undetectable” is not only healthy but also virtually unable to transmit HIV to others. By combining effective biomedical strategies with interventions addressing social drivers of the disease, we can bring HIV below epidemic levels statewide, nationally, and globally. This community-driven advocacy campaign will rely on strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, PLWHAs, and government and administrative agencies. Housing Works’ role is to facilitate initiatives geared to on-the-ground realities in the three geographic realms and to promote a growing movement towards a collective end-of-AIDS agenda.
GLOBAL ADVOCACY POLICY & PROGRAM AREAS
Housing Works is dedicated to the international movement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. Our international advocacy focuses on implementing and supporting structural interventions that alleviate HIV/AIDS, such as providing housing to stabilize viral loads and providing linkages to care.
Advocacy Work in Haiti
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Housing Works opened an office in Port-au-Prince to join the advocacy efforts of grassroots Haitian AIDS groups, working closely with the Plateforme Haitienne Des Associations de PVVIH (PHAP+), a coalition of more than a dozen Haitian AIDS advocacy and service groups.
Collaborations with UNAIDS
In addition, our international efforts are bolstered by our presence on UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). Since December 2012, Housing Works has served as an elected North American representative to the NGO delegation of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS. As part of the PCB, Housing Works serves as a voice for people living with HIV/AIDS and at-risk populations, and works to ensure that HIV/AIDS is included in the UN’s post-2015 development goals.
Global Anti-LGBT Legislation & the Asylum Project
In 2012, in the wake of the rise in anti-LGBT legislation being adopted in numerous countries around the globe, Housing Works launched its Asylum Project, which is currently providing housing, health care, legal support, financial support, volunteer work, job training, and employment to LGBT activists from Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica, and other nations who seek sanctuary in the U.S. to escape imprisonment and violence for who they are and who they love.
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