Congresswoman Maxine Waters Observes National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a leading advocate in Congress for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment, today celebrated National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day and encouraged the nation's health care providers to promote HIV testing among their patients.
"National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day is an excellent opportunity to highlight the important role that doctors, nurses, dentists and other clinicians play in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, and treatment efforts and to encourage clinicians to promote HIV testing among their patients," said Congresswoman Waters.
Congresswoman Waters introduced a resolution, H.Res. 309, in honor of the sixth annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day, and 25 Members of Congress cosponsored her resolution. The resolution urges physicians, nurses, dentists and other clinicians nationwide to become actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, treatment, and referral services. It also urges individuals to get tested for HIV and educate themselves about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
"There are over one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today, and 18% of them do not know it. By encouraging their patients to be tested for HIV, doctors and nurses can enable infected individuals to access appropriate medical care and begin taking action to avoid spreading the virus to others," said Congresswoman Waters.
Congresswoman Waters is a leader in the fight to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. She is continuing her efforts to expand the Minority AIDS Initiative, which she established as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1998. On April 16th of this year, she sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting $610 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative in fiscal year 2014, which was signed by 54 of her colleagues. Earlier this year, she reintroduced the Stop AIDS in Prison Act (H.R. 895), a bill to require the Federal Bureau of Prisons to develop a comprehensive policy to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment for inmates in federal prisons; H.R. 895 is cosponsored by 31 of her colleagues.