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Health Promotions Specialist, Joseph Castillo, and Dennis Kelly, Resident Care Assistant joined other community based organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers and key stakeholders in Austin, TX on March 20th for ‘HIV Advocacy Day’. The team was able to sit in the House Chamber with Governor Dan Patric and be recognized as Houston Texas’ representatives for the Texas HIV/AIDS Coalition. They were able to meet with several House Representatives to discuss five issues related to HIV: 1) House Bill 762: Opt-Out Testing; 2) Senate Bill 1283: ARV Drugs as a protected class; 3) Full funding of the Texas HIV Drug Assistance Program; 4) HB1722: Syringe Needle Exchange; and 5) HB2161: Sex Ed in Public Schools. We thank them for making great strides in moving the conversation forward on some of the most important legislative issues facing communities impacted by HIV.


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