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Barbara Lee

From the office of:

Barbara Lee

Sending Office: Honorable Barbara Lee
Sent By:
M.A.Keifer@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Please Co-Sponsor Resolution Recognizing World AIDS Day

Deadline for original cosponsors: COB TODAY

Dear Colleague,

 

Friday December 1, 2017 marks the 29th annual World AIDS Day. We invite you to join us in commemorating this important day by co-sponsoring our bipartisan resolution supporting World AIDS Day and celebrating the continued bipartisan Congressional
leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the world.

 

Globally, our efforts through PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are dramatically reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS in developing countries. New HIV infections worldwide are down 35% since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced
by 48% since 2005. In the United States, thanks to programs like Ryan White and the Minority AIDS Initiative, people are living longer with HIV than ever before and overall new infections remain stable.

 

Yet we still have much work to do. Approximately 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally, nineteen million of which don’t know they are infected. In sub-Saharan Africa, girls and young women account for 71% of new HIV infections; nearly 1,000 girls
are infected with HIV every day. Here at home, minority communities bear the most significant burden of HIV. Furthermore, stigma and discrimination continue to be significant barriers to prevention and care.

 

World AIDS Day presents an opportunity to both celebrate these accomplishments and recognize the work that lies ahead of us. But it also allows us to remember all those who have lost their struggle against this disease and the millions more who continue
to live with and fight against it.

 

We encourage you to join us in supporting World AIDS Day and co-sponsoring our bipartisan resolution. For more information or to co-sponsor, please contact M.A. Keifer in Congresswoman Lee’s Office at
ma.keifer@mail.house.gov or Emanuel Saavedra in Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s office at
Emanuel.Saavedra@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Barbara Lee                                                                 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

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