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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Recognizes World AIDS Day

December 1, 2009
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) released the following statement today in recognition of World AIDS Day:

"Each year on December 1st, World AIDS Day, we remember those who have succumbed to AIDS and recommit ourselves to caring for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. And each year, we are all a bit more encouraged by medical and societal advances that will someday lead to a cure.

"I have written legislation and supported policies that fight HIV/AIDS on many fronts, including encouraging voluntary nationwide testing; protecting clinicians, nurses, racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations; and maintaining and expanding treatment services for low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS. I believe that this disease requires our full attention and ample resources for education, prevention and treatment.

"As we all know, the scourge of HIV/AIDS has spread to every corner of the globe. It knows no boundaries, affecting people regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age or socio-economic status.

"That is why I again reiterate my call for a comprehensive national strategy to respond to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Our efforts must always reflect our concern about the international implications of this disease, even as we confront it at the local level. Right here in Washington, DC the infection rate is the highest in the country, and in my home state of California, more than 148,000 people have been diagnosed with AIDS.  As we continue to work on legislation to bring much-needed reform to our nation's health care system, we must address HIV/AIDS directly by promoting routine HIV testing and prevention and by making treatment for the infected more accessible and more affordable.

"I am encouraged that the United States will host the XIX International AIDS Conference in 2012.  Convening the world's researchers, doctors, patients, advocates, academics, and government leaders here in our own country to address this global pandemic will help demonstrate how the United States can and will continue to lead the way toward prevention, treatment, and a cure.

"Let us all take this World AIDS Day to remember the victims of this disease and honor their legacy by working harder to take care of people afflicted with HIV/AIDS and by rededicating ourselves to finding a cure."

More information on Congresswoman Waters' work related to HIV/AIDS is available at /Issues/Issue/?IssueID=5165