Pelosi Statement on World AIDS Day

Dec 1, 2020
Press Release
Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark World AIDS Day 2020:
“On World AIDS Day, the international community comes together to remember the beautiful souls lost to this terrible disease and to reaffirm our determination to banish HIV/AIDS to the annuls of history.  This year’s theme, ‘Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility’ challenges us to renew our commitment to working together to defeat HIV/AIDS with the urgency, ingenuity and imagination that this global epidemic demands.
“Over the last 40 years, since the earliest cases began to devastate our community, San Francisco has been on the forefront of the global fight against HIV/AIDS.  Our trailblazing advancements in treatment, prevention and community-based models of care are now bringing hope and healing to millions around the world.  And thanks to the energy and activism of survivors, the LGBTQ community, scientists and advocates everywhere, our nation has been a global leader, advancing remarkable progress by passing the Ryan White Care Act and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, increasing funding for lifesaving research and establishing PEPFAR and the Global Fund.  Yet, despite these advancements, we must remain vigilant in combating ongoing stigma and discrimination, particularly against young people, those experiencing homelessness, communities of color and trans women of color who face a higher risk for HIV and violence.
“This World AIDS Day, we reaffirm our commitment to global cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS that has been such a powerful force to keeping communities healthy and ending this scourge once and for all.  In honor of all those we have lost and those who have fought for decades to find a cure, we will never rest until we have finally achieved the dream of an AIDS-free generation.”
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