The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index and the impact of stigma and discrimination in the HIV/AIDS community.
AIDS.gov had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the presenters to have a conversation about the issues they addressed at the meeting.
This video features PACHA member Jack Jackson, Jr. as well as Harlan Pruden from the NorthEast Two Spirit Society, discussing the Two Spirit resolution passed at the meeting.
This video features PACHA member Ejay Jack and discusses the Transgender resolution passed at the meeting.
This video features Eric Sawyer from UNAIDS and Laurel Sprague from the Global Network of People Living with HIV in North America, and discusses their PACHA presentation about the Stigma Index and the impact of stigma and discrimination in HIV.
To learn more about the February 2013 meeting of PACHA, read the PACHA letter informing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the resolutions from the meeting and visit the PACHA website.
PACHA’s next meeting, An Open Forum on HIV & The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.