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Petition to House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, Frank Pallone Jr., Joseph P. Kennedy III

Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP a part of preventative care

I became a "new case of HIV" in 1991. Most of my friends who contracted HIV (10 to 15 years before me) are dead now. But BECAUSE of them, by 1996, I was on HAART (the cocktail of drugs) that has kept me alive & healthy. Today, there’s a proven way to prevent new cases of HIV, it’s called PrEP, and if it had been available to me & my friends, they wouldn't be dead & I wouldn't have been a "new case of HIV." We can end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced that PrEP (aka: Truvada, one of the drugs I take) should be offered by doctors as a major form of HIV prevention. But there’s a huge hurdle to getting on PrEP - the cost. Without insurance, a 30-day supply of PrEP can cost roughly $1,700. Even with insurance, the costs can be prohibitive. But the House Subcommittee on Health can do something about it, they can make PrEP a part of preventative care. This would mean patients could get PrEP for free, no matter the cost. Tell the House to make PrEP a free and essential part of preventative care!The Task Force found that many physicians aren’t offering PrEP for HIV prevention because of the high cost. Once completed, their report will be going to the House Subcommittee on Health and could help expand existing coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but HIV prevention should go further. An estimated 15% of people with HIV don’t know they have it. In the U.S., HIV rates are actually increasing among Latino and African American men. Southern states had half of all new HIV cases in 2016. With novel preventative drugs like PrEP, countless lives could be saved. Also at risk Women, traditionally ignored in HIV prevention policy, would benefit if we Demanded that the House make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. In the U.S., 1.2 million people are at high risk of contracting HIV, but only about 80,000 of them had access to PrEP in 2016. That same year, there were 40,000 new cases of HIV in the United States. If high risk people use PrEP everyday, it can reduce their chances of getting HIV from 70-90%. Lives are at stake. Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. No one should lose a friend or relative to complications from HIV/AIDS. Tell the House to make PrEP free. PLEASE SIGN TODAY. 

Will Scheffer
29,671 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Faculty Senate

Protecting LGBTQ youth in 4-H

We request that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission investigate whether Iowa 4-H and Iowa State University Extension have created a hostile climate against LGBTQ individuals (including youth, volunteers and staff) and if they are fully compliant with Iowa Civil Rights Law which expressly protects LGBTQ persons from discrimination. Over the last few months several news articles (Including the Des Moines Register, NPR, the Daily Beast, Slate and USA Today) have uncovered a pattern of exclusion against LGBTQ youth and adults in Iowa’s 4-H program, which is part of Iowa State University Extension. After receiving pressure from the Trump Administration, Iowa State University Extension rolled back protections for LGBTQ youth in the Iowa 4-H program, when the Iowa 4-H Executive Director resisted they fired him.   Iowa State’s public response has been to roll back LGBTQ protections because they were “controversial” and because they did not allow individuals (especially donors and elected officials)  to discriminate when they felt "uncomfortable". As reported by the Iowa State Statesman (Iowa State University student newspaper), John Lawrence, Vice President Iowa State University Extension stated -- “In my opinion, I think the policy was controversial because it got into details about pronouns and bathrooms and just because someone doesn’t like it they can’t do anything about it,” We are most concerned about the new “accommodation” requirement (which frames beeing LGBTQ as a disability) where Iowa 4-H mandates that only an adult parent or volunteer can request an accommodation. This step in the new 4-H policy will exclude youth from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity without parental consent and approval by the County Extension Office and Iowa State. In simple words they must disclose their status as LGBTQ before they ask to  use the toilet.  

Patricia Gonzales
1,183 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Terri A. Sewell, Lisa Murkowski, Raúl M. Grijalva, Kyrsten Sinema, Ruben Gallego, Dianne Feinstein, Doris O. Matsui, Michael F. Bennet, Diana DeGette, Richard Blumenthal, Rosa L. DeLauro, Thomas R. Carper, Chris Coons, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alcee L. Hastings, Lois Frankel, Frederica S. Wilson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hank Johnson, John Lewis, Mazie K. Hirono, Brian Schatz, Bobby L. Rush, Robin L. Kelly, Tammy Duckworth, Richard J. Durbin, Cedric L. Richmond, Chellie Pingree, Elijah E. Cummings, Benjamin L. Cardin, Mark Takano, Jared Polis, Mark Pocan, David Cicilline, Jack Reed, James R. Langevin, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc A. Veasey, Tim Kaine, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Gerald E. Connolly, Ron Wyden, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Denny Heck, Suzan K. DelBene, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Sharice Davids, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ban LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy in America is a problem that has been ignored for far too long and if left to fester, will continue to harm millions of LGBTQ+ children nationwide.  What is Conversion Therapy? While conversion therapy varies in practice, ranging from physical adverse conditioning to blatant shaming, the lack of scientific proof backing up the usefulness of these practices as well as the long-lasting negative effects are still the same.  Conversion therapy is usually forced onto LGBTQ+ minors by their legal guardians. Studies have shown that children being mistreated for identifying as LGBTQ+ are: 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide 6 times more likely to have reported high levels of depression 3 times more likely to use illegal drugs and 3 times as likely to be at a high risk for HIV and STDS compared to most other children or teenagers their age. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also calls for the elimination of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy, having once stated “Specifically, conversion therapy—efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression —is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence and has been disavowed by behavioral health experts and associations. Conversion therapy perpetuates outdated views of gender roles and identities as well as the negative stereotype that being a sexual or gender minority or identifying as LGBTQ is an abnormal aspect of human development. Most importantly, it may put young people at risk of serious harm.” What We Want While in states such as California, Hawaii, and Rhode Island, the practice of conversion therapy upon children is outlawed, we call for a nationwide ban in America to protect LGBTQ+ youth from the harms conversion therapy inflicts.

Zoe Leonard
6,476 supporters