Welcome to AIDSGulf.net, the AIDS Gulf Coast Disaster Network’s home on the Internet.
The mission of AIDSGulf.net is to serve as a resource center for people living with HIV on the Gulf Coast and for advocates addressing the AIDS Gulf Coast Disaster, and to showcase the work of students participating in the network.
As the HIV epidemic ravages marginalized populations throughout the world, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region continue to struggle to address its associated Human Rights violations as the Gulf Coast rebuilds in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and the Global Economic Recession. Failures in the public health system throughout the region have lead to some of the highest incidents of HIV and AIDS rates in the United States.
The human rights crisis stems from the failures in the public health sphere to prevent, contain, and treat HIV and AIDS. Pervasive discrimination against these stigmatized members of the community has undermined the physical well-being of vulnerable citizens and threatens many more. Addressing the lasting impacts of the HIV and AIDS epidemics in the context of the Gulf Coast Region, AIDSGulf.net seeks to change fundamental failings in the political and social system.
Five policy areas define AIDSGulf.net’s advocacy efforts: