Pelosi Statement on World AIDS Day
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark World AIDS Day 2019:
“On World AIDS Day, we remember the beautiful souls lost to this epidemic and recommit ourselves to sending the scourge of HIV/AIDS to the dust bin of history. In this global fight, we must act with compassion and urgency, uniting organizations around the world with our tireless researchers, advocates and the LGBTQ community to harness the innovative thinking necessary to develop new treatments, effective testing and finally find a cure.
“In my home of San Francisco, we deeply understand the importance of this year’s theme, ‘Communities make the difference.’ As ground zero for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, our community has stood together to care for our friends and loved ones, advocate for the funding and resources to combat this disease and speak out against the stigma and discrimination that continues to inflict fear and pain into vulnerable communities, particularly young people, communities of color, transgender women and the homeless. This year, our community is proud to welcome the AIDS Memorial Quilt back to the Bay Area to its permanent home with the National AIDS Memorial Grove, where it will continue to be a source of comfort, engagement and education for generations to come. We are also privileged to once again host the International AIDS Conference next summer, where leaders from around the world will gather to advance groundbreaking prevention strategies and community-based models of care that were pioneered in San Francisco and are now being replicated around the world, transforming communities and saving countless lives.
“This World AIDS Day, may we find strength and comfort in our communities, and in our shared desire to bring hope and healing to the millions of men, women and children around the world living with HIV/AIDS. This disease is resilient and resourceful, ever mutating to escape destruction. We must be equally resourceful in our efforts to combat HIV/AIDS as we work to finally achieve an AIDS-free generation.”
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