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September 18, 2008

SFAF.org Podcast #40 - HIV and the election: a legislative update with Ernest Hopkins

In this episode, Ernest Hopkins, the Foundation's Director of Federal Affairs, gives an update on the progress of current HIV-related legislation in Washington. With the elections less than two months away, Ernest gives an outline of the key HIV policy differences between the Republican and Democratic party platforms and an update on the progress of the federal needle exchange bill.

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Ernest Hopkins is responsible for implementing the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's federal policy advocacy agenda.  He is a well-known HIV/AIDS advocate and was instrumental in the passage of the current Ryan White CARE Act. Mr. Hopkins has also led the advocacy efforts of the CAEAR Coalition and the National AIDS Housing Coalition. Ernest is a founder and current Vice Chair of the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition.

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