Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
**This is a programmatic and language request**
Deadline to Sign: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 COB
TO SIGN ON, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM
Please join me in fighting HIV by supporting microbicides research. Microbicides are compounds that can be self-applied to protect against sexually-transmitted infections like HIV and have the potential to reduce the spread of HIV, particularly among women
Microbicides are needed to combat HIV because existing prevention methods are not always feasible for millions of women around the world. Many women do not have the social or economic power necessary to insist on condom use and fidelity, or to abandon relationships
that might put them at risk. In contrast, microbicides are being designed as female-initiated products. They offer women autonomy and can fit into their daily lives, thereby empowering women to make important decisions about their own health. As a result,
microbicides also have the potential to positively impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals that seek to eliminate HIV/AIDS (Goal 3) and to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal 5).
Successfully confronting the AIDS pandemic requires a multi-faceted global HIV prevention strategy, and microbicides have the potential to be a new resource in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A number of microbicide products are currently in development or in
clinical trials to prevent or reduce the transmission of HIV, including dapivirine and other drugs with great promise. These products come in a range of delivery mechanisms including a monthly ring, a single-use film, or a tablet.
I ask your support in signing on to the two letters below. The first is to the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of $45 million for USAID’s microbicides program in FY20 and for accompanying report
language. The second is to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee in support of microbicides language in the Report accompanying the FY20 Appropriations bill.
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