Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 23, 2017, 03:55:27 AM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 31678
  • Latest: 2247cg
  • Total Posts: 721095
  • Total Topics: 58496
  • Online Today: 298
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 2
Guests: 251
Total: 253


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: A call to action  (Read 2474 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline FunkyMonkey

  • Member
  • Posts: 10
A call to action
« on: June 20, 2008, 03:11:54 PM »
Check this out from a group of Michigna PWA's:
Formatting may be messed up--I did a cut/paste from email.

                  June 17, 2008

Michigan Positive Action Coalition
Call to Action

The members of the Michigan Positive Action Coalition, who are persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A’s) and those who advocate with them, announce this call to action for community members and policy makers.

Because of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S., and the economic and social realities of those at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS, demand for HIV/AIDS services has never been higher.

This demand comes as funding support is held level in some areas and decreased in others.  Additional constraints on prevention and care services have been enacted that further jeopardize our country’s attempts to adequately respond to this national health emergency.

We the PLWH/A’s of the Michigan Positive Action Coalition call our community members, elected officials and national partners to action.  We request the following be addressed immediately:


•   The Ryan White Act needs to become a Care EMERGENCY act again.
•   FULL funding of ADAP so EVERY state has a FULL HAART formulary and NO waiting list.
•   Guidelines on 'Core Services' to no longer under prioritize important services such as transportation, psychosocial support, housing, mental health services and substance use treatment services,  which can make participation in medical core services a reality.
•   More streamlined coordination of prevention and care services.

HIV Prevention:

•   An immediate end to the ban on federal funding support for syringe exchange programs.
•   Cease and desist funding to all ineffective abstinence based programs and return to evidence-based, proven effective interventions for the behavioral groups most impacted by this disease.
•   Faith-based interventions to be immediately held to the same standard of evaluation and oversight that traditional interventions are held to.
•   Communities can no longer have their progress slowed waiting for DEBI interventions and/or their training.  Technical Assistance initiatives should begin immediately to improve states abilities to create and evaluate additional 'homegrown' theory-based interventions for their own populations.


While we recognize the commitment and hard work of organizations such as NAPWA, NMAC, CDC and NASTAD, they are not by default our only valid voice.  The many people living with HIV/AIDS and at risk populations living between the power triangle of New York, Washington D.C. and California deserve to have their voices heard and responded to.  A handful of PLWH/A's from the 'beltways' and a few state consultants to national groups do not make a representative consensus. Too often we are called upon only to give support to an action already decided upon without first being allowed to participate in the creation of initiatives.

To serve this end, we request our national partners recommit to holding local and regional meetings to garner direct input by the vast number of under represented PLWH/A's and those at risk who are not directly engaged with national groups.

We request a re-focusing on HIV as a national public health concern. To support this we call on our national partners to:

•   Conduct a national campaign which focuses on increasing risk awareness, reduces stigma and provides more access to HIV counseling and testing as well as screening efforts.
•   Promote a national mandate for scientifically and medically accurate comprehensive HIV education throughout our public school system.
Perhaps these efforts may once again remind us of what was once said in Denver:

 "We condemn attempts to label us as ‘victims,’ a term which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally ‘patients,’ a term which implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. We are ‘People With AIDS.’

Mark Peterson
Michigan Positive Action Coalition

Rick Otterbein
Legislative Affairs Director
Michigan Positive Action Coalition



Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.