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Denver Principles Project

The Denver Principles Project is about self-empowerment. It is inspired by the Denver Principles created 25 years ago by AIDS activists. The power of the individual - multiplied - allows our collective voice to be truly heard and effectively represented in determining government policy and treatment practices. The Denver Principles Project:

• Enables you to directly manage your own health and healthcare.
• Provides awareness of and access to information that improves your wellbeing.
• Creates a large social network that leads to a more fulfilling and connected life.
• Contributes to helping others in need.

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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.

Regional Meetings

AIDSWatch

National HIV Testing Day

Positive Youth Institute 2008

National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day

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