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About the Congressional HIV / AIDS Caucus

Founded on September 15, 2011, the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus consists of a bipartisan and bicameral group of Members of Congress who are committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, improving the lives of those infected with the disease, and ensuring that everyone is informed and knows their status.

The Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus explores opportunities and support policy initiates that help achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in the United States and around the world.  More specifically, the Caucus focuses on domestic and international HIV/AIDS programs and initiatives, as well as vaccine research efforts.

Forty years since the first discovery of AIDS, the unprecedented global response to HIV/AIDS has reached important milestones. Thanks to bipartisan efforts in Congress, the Ryan White CARE Act, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) have dramatically expanded access to prevention, care, and treatment.

Meet the Co-chairs

Rep. Barbara LeeRep. Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice. First elected in 1998, the Congresswoman Lee has garnered a positive reputation for her principled and independent stances, unafraid to take on the tough issues and speak her mind for her constituents, for a more just America, and for a safer world. A social worker by profession, she has been a life-long advocate for constituents, families, and many others.

» Read Rep. Barbara Lee's Biography.



Rep. Trent FranksRep. Jenniffer González-Colón was elected on November 8th, 2016, as Puerto Rico's sole Representative to the U.S. Congress, known as Resident Commissioner. The first woman to hold the office, Ms. Gonzalez-Colón received the most votes of any single elected official on the Island in that election as well as when she was reelected in November 2020. Her priorities as Puerto Rico’s voice in Congress include spearheading the economic recovery of Puerto Rico, securing equal treatment for Puerto Rico's three and a half million U.S. Citizens in federal laws, regulations, services, and funding, and ensuring that Congress responds decisively to the overwhelming mandate of Puerto Rico’s voters for admission as the 51st state of the Union.

» Read Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón's Biography.