Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of World AIDS Day, which falls on Saturday:
“On the 19th annual World AIDS Day, we recommit to prevention, testing, treatment, and finding a cure. On the brink of an AIDS-free generation, we cannot let up in our fight against HIV/AIDS.
“Over the last 31 years, we have learned that AIDS is a very resourceful virus that escapes defeat by mutating. So too did we have to become resourceful in our efforts to fight it. We have been innovative in our thinking: pursuing new science, mobilizing in new ways, and taking new opportunities wherever we have seen them. San Francisco was ground zero for AIDS’ assault and we have led the way in developing community-based solutions to it. It is a source of pride to many of us that the United States led an international mobilization against AIDS and made a national decision to fight the disease here at home.
“Even in difficult fiscal times, cutting back on our HIV/AIDS investments is a false economy that costs us more in the future. Indeed, we know how to treat and prevent this dreadful disease. And the U.S. and the world community must provide the necessary resources to fully invest in stopping the AIDS pandemic, or it will spread farther and exact a greater cost.
“On World AIDS Day, let us come together to renew our call to fight this global pandemic and strengthen our commitment to helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.”