September 10, 2015
This post originally appeared on The TARGET Center website.
Let us press a metaphor. With just a day to go, NMAC staff were busy before the start of USCA2015, ironing out the details in the exhibit hall. USCA is being held in Washington. DC this year.
Less than a mile away from the pre-conference preparation, a White House event was underway to commemorate the 25 years of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. AIDS czar Douglas Brooks reflected on the Program’s work while Dr. Laura Cheever of the HRSA HIV/AIDS Program talked about the need to improve retention in care, to in effect build upon compelling data documenting the impact of Ryan White on health outcomes–particularly viral load suppression.
Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan’s mom, also attended, remarkably still at it speaking up about HIV stigma. Also there was Senator Orrin Hatch and former Representative Henry Waxman, both instrumental to passage of the Ryan White CARE Act, other Congressional leaders, and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.