Join us for Project ABLE Advocacy Day!
Monday, April 23, 10 am to 1 pm
Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase
Meet up with the HIV Community to seize the Massachusetts State House, meet your legislators and their staff, and tell them why HIV investment is important to you.
Please Fund the HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C Line Item (4512-0103) at $30.8 M for Fiscal Year 2019!
Project ABLE requests the HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item (4512-0103) is funded at $30.8 M in FY19 to prevent new infections, improve health outcomes, and save money and save lives. Recent budget cuts threaten the progress Massachusetts has made to curtail the HIV/AIDS/HCV epidemic. Restoration of funding is needed for the following areas:
1) HIV/AIDS Support Services.
Increased funding for case management for the growing population of people living with HIV to keep people living independently in their homes and reduce transmission of the virus.
2) HCV Prevention, Screening, and Health Navigation.
Increased funding for health navigation to cure readiness and reducing the spread of new infections through education, outreach, and syringe exchange.
3) HIV Prevention.
Increased funding for HIV prevention work including education and outreach on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and syringe exchange.
We have more tools and opportunities than ever before to continue this progress, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to prevent new HIV infections, new medications that can cure HCV, and syringe access programs to engage injection drug users in care and reduce the transmission of infectious diseases.
The opioid epidemic also presents a significant threat to the progress we have made. In December of 2017, the Department of Public Health released a bulletin that confirms some worrisome statistics on HIV in people who inject drugs (PWID):
To date in the calendar year 2017 (through November 21), there have been 64 HIV infections reported among individuals who
inject drugs in Massachusetts, representing 14% of all HIV infections reported this year.
This reflects a doubling of the percentage of new HIV cases amongst PWID when compared to the last 5-10 years (when just 4-8% of all new HIV cases were attributed to PWID).
Nearly 21,000 people are living with HIV and an estimated 2000,000 people are infected with HCV in Massachusetts. Thousands more are unaware they are infected with these viruses. There continue to be significant health disparities. African-Americans and Hispanics are impacted disproportionately by significantly higher rates of HIV.
In 2016, the Getting to Zero Coalition, which includes Project ABLE, released the “Massachusetts Comprehensive Plan to Eliminate HIV Discrimination, AIDS-Related Deaths, and New HIV Infections” http://www.gettingtozeroma.org/. None of the goals outlined in the report are possible without restoration of funding to the HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item.
Please join us for GETTING TO ZERO in Massachusetts,
Project ABLE’s Advocacy Day at the State House
Advocate for HIV/AIDS/HCV funding on Monday, April 23 rd, 2018 at the Grand Staircase in the State House, Boston.
There will be speeches, a continental breakfast, and time to visit your legislators!
11:30-1:00 Legislative Visits
Click here for the April 23 Advocacy Day Flyer.
Project ABLE Fact Sheet – Fiscal Year 2018
Getting to ZERO infections in Massachusetts is possible with investment in programs that work!
For more information, contact at HIVProjectABLE@aol.com or call 617.797.8488