HIVMA Commends Progress on HOPE Act, Urges Swift Passage by Full House
Statement from HIVMA Chair Michael Horberg, MD, MAS, FIDSA
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives took an important step forward today by advancing bipartisan legislation that would allow resea
Arlington, Va.— HIV testing is fast, private and increasingly affordable yet one in five Americans with HIV does not know they are infected. This HIV Testing Day, June 27, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is encouraging all to get tested for the disease because individuals who are diagnosed and treated early have better long-term health outcomes and are less likely to spread the disease to others.
As HIV clinicians, researchers, and other health care professionals on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, we applaud the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing bipartisan legislation yesterday that would allow research on organ donation from deceased HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients. The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act is an important step forward in exploring the use of HIV-infected organ donation as a potentially lifesaving measure for people living with HIV.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final recommendation that HIV screening
be a routine part of medical care marks a critical step forward in our efforts
to identify those who are infected with HIV and link them with lifesaving care
and treatment. As HIV clinicians and scientists, we urge providers and health
care systems to quickly incorporate HIV testing into patients’ regular medical
The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposal released today offers a balanced and strategic road map for reducing the federal deficit and keeping the U.S. on track to make significant headway against the HIV epidemic.
HIVMA’s updated policy statement includes recommended criteria for qualified HIV physicians based on patient management, continuing medical education, and board certification or significant clinical experience.
D.C.– The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
(ANAC), the HIV Medicine Association
(HIVMA), and the National Alliance of
State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recently filed a joint amicus
brief in the Supreme Court of the state of Minnesota to support and encourage
the use of current scientific knowledge in the court’s understanding of the
routes and risks of HIV transmission.
Bipartisan legislation introduced
today by members of Congress is an important step forward in exploring the use
of HIV‐infected organ donation as a potentially lifesaving measure for people
living with HIV. As HIV physicians, scientists, and other health care
professionals on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, we strongly support
the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act and applaud the bill’s bipartisan co-sponsors—Sens.
Barbara Boxer, Tom Coburn, Rand Paul, Tammy Baldwin, and Rep. Lois Capps—for
their leadership on this issue.