The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) is a diverse coalition of people living with HIV & AIDS, their advocates, colleagues, friends and loved ones from all parts of the United States and around the world. While representing the epidemic on the community, region, and state levels, C2EA members develop strategies through advocacy networks that demand our leaders exert the political will to stop the HIV & AIDS epidemic in this country and abroad – once and for all. In rural and urban areas, C2EA helps to develop and support the meaningful participation and leadership of people living with HIV & AIDS to mobilize and ensure the best treatment and care for all HIV-positive people and HIV prevention methods backed by good science.
We demand that our leaders:
- Fully fund quality treatment and support services for all people living with HIV everywhere.
- Ramp up HIV prevention at home and abroad, guided by science rather than ideology.
- Increase research to find a cure, more effective treatments and better prevention tools.
- Fight AIDS stigma and protect the civil rights of all people with HIV and AIDS everywhere.
- Understand the vital role safe and stable housing plays in prevention and treatment and incorporate housing as a structural intervention for both.
Since 2005, some of the major issues we’ve urged lawmakers to address:
- (2005) The first annual Youth Action Institute helps to develop young people around the country to to become present and future HIV & AIDS activists.
- (2006) Organizing people living with HIV & AIDS to fight against a growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program list in South Carolina as individuals were dying waiting for life-saving medications.
- (2006) Designated by Senate committee to assist in facilitating meaningful input and participation from people living with HIV & AIDS across the country in reauthorizing the Ryan White Care Act.
- (2006) In collaboration with local and national partners, creating and supporting AIDSVote – a voter education tool that provides the ability to determine where candidates and elected officials stand on HIV & AIDS-related issues in your community.
- (2007) Peaceful protest at a Silver Hill, Alabama, RV park against HIV stigma and discrimination that forced a family to be banned; led to win in a Federal court.
- (2009) Caravans of individuals living with HIV, their families, and loved ones traveled across the country to the first Presidential Debate and demanded that a comprehensive national HIV & AIDS strategy be among the candidates priority platform items.
- (2009) In solidarity with Canadian and Ethiopian activists as well as people living with HIV & AIDS around the world, organized rallies that demanded lifting the HIV Travel Ban to the United States.
- (2009) Sent the first delegation of people living with HIV to the White House to meeting the incoming Office of National AIDS Policy that helped in laying the groundwork that developed into the 14 White House National Community Discussions on HIV & AIDS.
- (2010) Celebrating the C2EA 5 anniversary with a re-dedication to community and grassroots advocacy and activism that supports the meaningful participation and leadership of people living with HIV & AIDS across the country and around the world with the goal of ending the epidemic.