Over 70 legislative candidates commit to ending AIDS in MN

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Over 70 candidates for the Minnesota legislature responded to a survey on issues impacting HIV/AIDS care and prevention. The Minnesota AIDS Project, the leading source for HIV information and services in Minnesota, is excited to release the results of a legislative candidate questionnaire showing strong bi-partisan support for continuing the fight to end HIV.

Candidates showed overwhelming support for policies that will help prevent the spread of new HIV infections and ensure that those living with HIV, live long and healthy lives. These policies include: funding for HIV care and prevention, comprehensive sex education, syringe access, and affordable housing.

“I’m encouraged by the overwhelming support for Comprehensive Sex Education,” said Annie Elmer, an HIV Positive Leader, from Cottage Grove. “I have dedicated my life to ensuring that young people have the knowledge and tools to make healthy decisions about their relationships and sexuality so that they never have to experience the stigma and burden that I have been living with every day for the last 26 years as an HIV-positive woman.”

Minnesota continues to see nearly one new HIV diagnosis every day. Over 8,000 people are living with an HIV diagnosis in our state, while another 1,200 are assumed to be living with HIV but unaware of their status. By coordinating our efforts and investing in evidenced-based, high-impact interventions we can ensure that people at highest risk for infection are tested and that those living with HIV are linked to medical care. The Minnesota AIDS Project is excited to work with our legislators to end HIV.

“I have been on the front lines of this fight since the early days of the epidemic and never believed we would still be fighting this damn disease in 2016,” said Nathan Aaron Place, an HIV Positive Leader from Minneapolis. “I’m inspired to see legislators commit to investing the leadership and funding needed to finally realize an end to AIDS in Minnesota.”

You can find all of the questionnaires on the Minnesota AIDS Project’s website under Candidate Questionnaire.

About Minnesota AIDS Project

The Minnesota AIDS Project’s mission is to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness, and services. www.mnaidsproject.org.