Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Pelosi Introduces HIV Prevention Legislation with 60 Cosponsors

June 30, 1999


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today introduced the Comprehensive HIV Prevention Act, legislation designed to improve and expand HIV prevention efforts. "Every 12 minutes another person in this country is newly infected with HIV. We know HIV prevention works and is cost effective," Pelosi said. "Now we must expand and fully fund our prevention efforts."

Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD), along with 59 other members of the House, joined Pelosi in introducing the legislation. The bill emphasizes local and state autonomy in planning prevention efforts. It would also provide increased direction and coordination to AIDS prevention programs at federal agencies, authorize funding for targeted interventions in communities of color, youth, and women, and increase links between behavioral scientists and prevention providers.

"Study after study shows that HIV prevention can reduce new infections, especially in those groups most at risk," Pelosi said. "But the AIDS epidemic is different in each community. This legislation emphasizes state and local control over decision making, rather than new federal mandates."

As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Pelosi has made increased funding for HIV prevention at the Centers for Disease Control a top priority. Last year, HIV prevention funding at CDC was increased by $32 million to a total of $657 million.


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