on World AIDS Day
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on World AIDS Day:
the 15th annual World AIDS Day, we are reminded again of the urgency
of the fight against AIDS. Despite revolutionary, life-extending
drugs, HIV/AIDS continues to be a devastating, worldwide pandemic.
of infection is staggering. According to recent statistics from
the World Health Organization, this year has seen more infection
and death from HIV/AIDS than ever before. Five million people became
infected with HIV worldwide and 3 million died this year alone -
that's more than 8,000 people every day.
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reminds
us that we still have considerable work to do at home. The CDC reports
that the number of people diagnosed with HIV in 29 states increased
by 5.1 percent overall between 1999 and 2002, including a 26-percent
increase among Latinos and a 17-percent increase among gay and bisexual
men. African Americans continued to be disproportionately affected,
representing 54 percent of new diagnoses.
Administrations response has been inadequate. It has failed
to increase funding for the groundbreaking Ryan White CARE Act,
which provides primary care, grants to community-based organizations,
and funding for mothers, children, and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.
By also insufficiently funding international AIDS relief, and basing
its prevention strategies and research on ideology rather than scientific
evidence, the Administration is aggravating an already tragic situation.
disease should not be a partisan issue. We can and we must address
the HIV/AIDS epidemic aggressively both at home and abroad.