Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today cited a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as further reason to increase federal HIV prevention funding. The study, due for release on January 29, reports increases in unsafe sexual behavior among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. "The new CDC study reminds us that the AIDS prevention message needs to be continually reinforced with young people. The federal government has a moral responsibility to deliver this message. Complacency about AIDS is costing us lives," Pelosi said.
As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Pelosi has made increased funding for AIDS prevention, care and research a top priority. HIV prevention funding at the CDC went from $625 million in FY98 to $647 million in FY99--an increase of $22 million. "As new treatments for AIDS give us hope, they also present a new challenge to educate young people about AIDS and risky behaviors. We have proof that AIDS prevention works. We must fund and implement these programs," Pelosi said.
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