Last spring, we sent our annual campaign letter and reports to you and in the last paragraph it read “with you, we can start to author the last chapter of HIV in our community”. Within the larger community of HIV-focused care, we talk a lot about “getting to zero” as it relates to both new diagnoses and individuals who are HIV+ but not actively in medical care, or “an HIV- and AIDS-free generation”, and yet the number of new diagnoses just in the geographic region that we serve (Nebraska and portions of Iowa and Wyoming) remains steady each year. In order to achieve a future that is free from new diagnoses, we have to become comfortable with talking about our history. A history that, when specific to HIV and AIDS, is often focused and recalled specifically for its trauma. Language is important, and we know that while attempting to author new chapters, we have to acknowledge the use of words like “plague” and “epidemic” and “crisis” that have highlighted the trauma we’ve both experienced and wrote about in our initial chapters. We cannot escape the language or the trauma of our history, but we can actively work toward rewriting our future. We are asking you to join us in re-shaping the future of HIV and AIDS by proudly contributing to a cause that, despite its traumatic past, continues to pursue a hopeful future. With focused investment and action, we can simply do better.
Invest in our commitment to:
- Maintain HIV-focused care throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming
- Advocate for the interests of persons living with HIV (PLWH)
- Focus on maintenance of stable housing, access to insurance, and viral suppression among PLWH
- Provide targeted outreach, free testing, treatment as prevention, and education to populations at-risk for transmission of HIV
The last chapter of HIV will be complex to orchestrate, but we hope to actively participate as authors. You can help, and in many ways, you always have. Your support contributes to the lives of so many that we serve and we will not close the book until we have reached an HIV- and AIDS-free generation. I thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a future that is powerfully positive.
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