National Association of People with AIDS
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Agency Introduction

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) was founded over two decades ago as a network of people living with AIDS and HIV (PLWHA) working to better the quality of life for all. NAPWA was the central mechanism for various social and community groups of PWA/H to articulate their voice on Capitol Hill, organize for treatment education, and connect with other people going through similar struggles. Today, NAPWA remains a strong voice in policy, capacity building, leadership development, and social networking.

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Living with HIV/AIDS

The The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) is the oldest national AIDS organization, as well as the first network of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. We believe in making a difference in the lives of our constituents. We do this by:

• providing information and resources;
• telling our collective stories in HIV from the past, present,
and future;
• and being the trusted independent voice of people living
with HIV.

Information – Resources

Whether living with HIV or interested in the issue, NAPWA provides information and resources about HIV, stigma, testing, and policy. We do this through referrals, health promotion campaigns, and capacity building and training. We believe in building partnerships and networks to make these efforts stronger.

Past – Present – Future

In the face of stigma, NAPWA has been a public voice talking about HIV and AIDS for 25 years. We believe that silence and inaction are deadly. Whether newly infected or a long-time survivor, we all have something important to add to the legacy of HIV and AIDS. NAPWA was founded on the 1983 Denver Principles which transformed us from victims to victors, with the same medical, personal, and social rights as others. We continue engaging people living with HIV through regional meetings and initiatives like This Is My Story.

Voice of Positive Leadership

NAPWA is the trusted independent voice of people living with HIV. We do this by the support of our individual and organizational members. We recognize the importance of bringing your local issues to the federal level. We also host AIDSWatch, the largest annual gathering of people living with HIV in the nation’s capital. Together we can make a difference.


National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day

Women's Institute 2008

Positive Youth Institute 2008

Regional Meetings

Positive Sexuality and HIV Conference

National HIV Testing Day

POZ ASO Directory

Campaign to End AIDS

Our Dignity

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NAPWA is a proud participant of the Combined Federal Campaign. Please remember to specify your contribution to CFC# 12094.