The groups are asking Douglas Brooks, the new director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, to follow through on employment-related promises in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Those promises include expansion of employment opportunities for people living with the virus and for coordination across federal agencies. To achieve such coordination, the groups seek a federal interagency task force on HIV/AIDS and employment.
The groups argue that the communities most affected by HIV/AIDS also have higher rates of poverty, unemployment, under-employment and employment discrimination, as well as unequal access to education, employment opportunities and protections. As a result, they want every HIV-positive person to be able to make well-informed decisions about economic opportunities through the coordinated use of information, education, counseling and benefit planning.
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