AIDS Action Committee is Massachusetts’ leading voice for the HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C communities, advocating for critical funding and progressive public health policies that address the root causes of HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Action Committee also submitted public comment and testimony in opposition of “An Act relative to HLTV 111 tests,” which would compel testing for infectious diseases, including HIV, of any person whose blood has come into contact with another person and release the results of the test or content of the medical records to the petitioner, not the subject of inquiry.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control already recommends that when a person experiences a needle stick or other potential exposure to HIV, that person should begin a post-exposure prophylaxis regimen within 72 hours regardless of HIV status confirmation, because a negative HIV antibody test result may not always be accurate.
At AIDS Action, we advocate for public policy that bolsters prevention and supports people already living with HIV/AIDS. We do this with certain core principles in mind.
- HIV prevention should be evidence-based, and public policy should only support the research and development of evidence-based approaches.
- People living with HIV/AIDS should have control over the disclosure of their health status, as HIV stigma and discrimination still persist.
- Public funding should be used to help treat people living with this disease.