Pelosi Statement on World AIDS Day
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in commemoration of World AIDS Day:
“World AIDS Day is a time to honor the memories of those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS, to remember the progress we’ve made in our fight against this disease and to rededicate ourselves to ending this pandemic once and for all. In the United States and around the world, we must continue to act with the urgency, compassion and determination that this fight demands.
“This year marks 30 years since we fought and won the right to display the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall. To this day, the uniqueness and diversity expressed in each panel reminds us all of the individual human cost of this heartbreaking illness as well as all the richness and beauty that has been lost. As we fight to end the transmission of this awful disease, we must also commit ourselves to ending the stigma and isolation experienced by the millions living with HIV/AIDS today. With the undaunted leadership of the LGBT community, medical researchers and organizations around the world, we will achieve the dream of an AIDS-free generation.
“We are at a critical moment in the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. The Administration’s short-sighted policies and drastic funding cut proposals would reverse hard-fought progress in at-risk communities around the world. The United States must not step back from our lifesaving leadership in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In memory of all our friends and loved ones lost to AIDS, we must not rest until this scourge is resigned to the history books.”