DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today recognizing December 1 as World AIDS Day:
“Today, we come together in communities across the globe to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS, to honor those we have lost, and to recommit ourselves to the ultimate goal of ending this pandemic for good.
“We have made critical progress in this fight at both the domestic and global level. We have moved forward with a National HIV/AIDS Strategy here in the United States that focuses our efforts in communities where HIV rates are the highest, including among gay men, African Americans and Latinos. Critical investments are being made in both comprehensive HIV prevention and more effective treatment and care – including through the President’s Affordable Care Act. And as a result of important scientific innovation, the process for learning your HIV status is now easier than it has ever been. In the international fight against this disease, we are on track to meet the ambitious goal set by President Obama last year of treating 6 million people with AIDS with lifesaving medicine by the end of 2013. This year alone, we have provided access to antiretroviral drugs to more than 700,000 HIV-positive pregnant women, which greatly reduces the likelihood of passing the virus on to their children.
“As we recognize World AIDS Day, we are proud to say that we are now closer than ever before to achieving our shared goal of an AIDS-free generation, and we will continue to do everything we possibly can to support those living with HIV/AIDS as we move forward together.”