August 19, 2011
Nationwide HIV Cure and Aging Advocacy Initiative Planned; Scholarships Available
Treatment Action Group (TAG), a New York City–based organization of activists, is urging advocates from all 50 states to join a leadership network that will work closely with members of Congress to advance aging- and cure-related HIV research. The initiative will begin with a three-day gathering October 11 to 13 in Washington, DC, for which scholarships are available.
“Historically,” TAG explains in a statement introducing the initiative, “federal research funding is considered a wise investment for the future health of the nation, and has enjoyed strong bi-partisan support from lawmakers in Congress. However, with the recent economic crisis and mandates on short-sighted spending cuts, funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where much of AIDS research happens, is in serious jeopardy.”
While there have always been members of Congress who have steadfastly supported the NIH, TAG contends, many are no longer in office. What’s needed—and groups like TAG cannot do this alone—is a concerted effort by people living with HIV/AIDS and advocates from across the nation to “find new allies and reactivate long-standing support in Congress.” In the absence of such efforts, “scientific advances necessary for the cure, and desperately needed new interventions for HIV and aging related illnesses, will die on the vines of discovery.”
TAG’s new initiative hopes to bridge the gap between people living with HIV and people elected to Congress. It aims to build a national network of HIV/AIDS activists and other leaders committed to working with Congressional representatives in Washington, DC, and in their home states to build grassroots support.
This will be a year-round campaign, and participants will need to commit, on average, two hours of their time per week.
Full scholarships covering round-trip travel, two nights in a hotel and per diem are being awarded in support of the three-day visit to Capitol Hill in October. The deadline for submitting applications is September 2.
Scholarship recipients will also receive individual assistance on effective message development before the DC visit, ongoing training and support online, as well as skills-building sessions via conference calls and webinars.
Priorities will be given to people from the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
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Jeff Dougherty, , 2011-10-28 12:47:34
I spend a considerable amount of time on my scholarship application and never heard a thing, accepted or denied, even after an email I sent inquiring about the status of my application. Did this conference ever take place? I am very disappointed since this is an issue that is very important to me.
Robert W Reynolds, Lutz, 2011-09-22 16:24:16
I tested HIV + at age 60. Now at 69, I still maintain a close relationship with my primary and the ID Doctor. I share all the tests, meds etc. Several times ER Docs have prescribed meds that were contra-indicated. I have been a source of learning for both Docs.
Joel dabal, davao city, 2011-09-20 11:21:16
I'm interested to join but I'm far away to the location I'm from the Philippines.
Phil Ramsey, Panama City, 2011-09-17 12:30:57
Please do something help those of us with this horrible disease!
BOB DANIEL, Durban - South Africa, 2011-09-09 00:48:06
I have made an application for scholarship to you esteemed Institution in the hope you would consider me. I come from an area that has the highest infected cases in Africa. One town in my region has close to 44%infected cases.My region of Kwa Zulu Natal is nicked named as the killing fields of HIV/AIDS. I have many storied to share. Yours in the fight against AIDS - Bob Daniel
jerry perez, miami beach, 2011-09-01 22:32:23
l want to know about the scholarship
ronnie l grace, milwaukee wi, 2011-08-30 12:53:28
I facilitate a empowerment and support group for men living with HIV/AIDS.most of the guys in my group are over 50 or nearing 50. This is a subject that is very dear to my heart being that I have been positive since 1987.Please consider my request for a scholarship.
Vickie Lynn, Tampa, 2011-08-26 12:10:29
I had the opportunity to participate last year and it was amazing. Everyone is very supportive and I learned so much and meet so many wonderful people. I am very disappointed that my schedule conflicts with this years conference. Enjoy!
Shawn, Bridgeport, 2011-08-26 11:24:44
I would like to be part of the TAG. IM 28 year old. Let me in. I can do it.
Rosilyn, Hollywood, FL, 2011-08-26 11:04:42
I would like to have the chance to express my views in order to help the cause. I am 27 and have been HIV positive for 8 years. I have concerns about the level of care low-income positive individuals receive and what can be done to improve it.
Motshoari, Mahikeng South Africa, 2011-08-25 03:33:20
Iam not impressed with the way this scholarship is handled! why only people in the US! what about South Africa?
I would very much be interested in helping TAG. I would be willing be an advocate and work for a cure for HIV/AIDS. Sincerely Yours
Rafael, Bronx, NY, 2011-08-24 22:48:41
I think that i have some good input that can benefit TAG. I am 61 y/o and was diagnosed in 1987. Please consider me for this conference. Given the state of the Health Care Reform i can see us 50 and over falling through the cracks. Eace and Health..
Michael Cardin, Las Vegas, 2011-08-24 16:25:21
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I would very much be interested in helping TAG. I would be willing be an advocate and work with our congressional leaders in work for a cure for HIV/AIDS. Sincerely Yours, Michael
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