Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) Steering Committee members Gwen Bampfield, Carolyn McAllaster, Sharon DeCuir, Deadra Malloy, Kathie Hiers, and Valerie Mincey participated in the Congressional Roundtables focused on the Southern HIV epidemic on June 19, 2012. The Roundtables, sponsored by AIDS United, discussed innovative responses to the growing HIV/AIDS Crisis in the U.S. South. They were co-sponsored by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in the Senate and by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in the House and were attended by other members of Congress and their staff, HIV advocates, private sector partners, and persons living with HIV. The Roundtables spotlighted the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South and several programs designed to attack the epidemic.
Senator Hagan told the Roundtable participants: ”The numbers are staggering. We need to shine a light on this critical issue, and I’m hopeful that this roundtable will be a substantial start.”