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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 19, 2019 02:36 PM
From: Representative Brian Sims
To: All House members
Subject: World AIDS Day
In the past decade, more than 25 million people have lost their lives from the global AIDS epidemic, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite significant progress in the AIDS response, many barriers to HIV testing remain. Stigma and discrimination still deter people from seeking preventative measures and HIV testing, and many people living with or at risk of HIV wait until becoming ill and symptomatic before getting tested. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90% of new infections could be adverted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment.

Since 1988, “World AIDS Day” has been an opportunity for people across the world to unite in raising awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and encourage progress in the prevention and treatment of the disease. With one in seven people living with HIV in the United States unaware of their infection, “World AIDS Day” is an important reminder that HIV has not gone away and there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness and fight prejudice.

Please consider supporting this opportunity to join other states and countries across the world in recognizing December 1, 2019, as “World AIDS Day” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR626