Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today welcomed the news that AIDS deaths declined by 47% between 1996 and 1997. "Today we see the tangible benefit of all our investments in research, health care and services," Pelsoi said. "The continued drop in AIDS deaths is occasion to rejoice, and to recommit ourselves. This news is a testament to the work of researchers, health and service providers, and people living with AIDS who continue to fight the courageous battle against this disease. I thank the Administration for its continued commitment to providing adequate funding for AIDS research and treatment.
"No one should be left behind as medical treatments make strides forward," Pelosi said. "With today's news, we must redouble our efforts to provide access to health care to the growing number of people living with AIDS. And with 40,000 new infections every year in America, and nearly 6 million annual infections in the world, prevention must remain a top priority. We cannot rest until we have found a cure and vaccine."
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