Advocacy—Actively Supporting a Cause, Idea or Policy

During the upcoming months, LTAI members will be exploring their role in advocacy. Join us each week as we look at different elements of advocacy.

Advocacy requires action and engagement to truly advocate in support of a cause. Taking action such as, writing letters and making calls and being active in our communities, organizations, and within our social groups is the first and probably most important step in becoming an advocate for HIV/AIDS.

The “A” in Advocacy stands for “Action”

One easy way to take action in your community is by volunteering or getting involved in HIV/AIDS service organizations. These could be with small community groups or large national organizations, but either way you can make a difference.

The following are links to directories where you can look for HIV/AIDS service organizations around your area, so that you can take action today!

Three local groups:

GAAP: http://www.gaaponline.org/

PEP: http://alachua.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wellness-programs/www-313-hiv/support-groups.html

and of course us at Let’s Talk About It: http://www.rwhp.org/letstalk.html

National Organizations:

http://www.thebody.com/index/hotlines/other.html#Florida

http://directory.poz.com/

What are some ways that you take action in your community? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below and let us know what advocacy means to you!

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