More than 100 HIV/AIDS and community organizations across the country are calling on the next president of the United States to develop a national AIDS strategy to effectively fight the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.

The groups have issued a “Call to Action” to all presidential candidates, asking them to commit to a goal-specific plan that will reduce HIV infection rates, ensure access treatment and care and tackle racial disparities.

“The wealthiest nation in the world is failing its own people in responding to the AIDS epidemic at home,” said Rebecca Haag, Executive Director of AIDS Action.

Other organizations that have pledged their support include the National Association of People with AIDS, Housing Works, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the Balm In Gilead, Inc. and, of course, POZ. Individuals and organizations that are interested in joining the call to action can sign up at