Hastings Recognizes National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day:
“Today marks the third annual commemoration of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, a day designated to educating the public about the profound impact HIV and AIDS has on our nation’s young people, while also highlighting the work being done across the country to end this epidemic.
“According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 40 percent of all new HIV cases are among individuals under 30 years old, with over 70,000 youths currently living with HIV and AIDS in the United States. Even more troubling, from 2007 to 2010, individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 experienced an increase in the rate of diagnoses of HIV infection despite continued advancements in antiretroviral drugs and improvements in care.
“These disturbing statistics reinforce the urgent need to raise public awareness about getting tested and to continue to challenge the stigma that prevents so many individuals from accessing the care they need.
“As a proud member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, I have long supported robust funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative, and National AIDS Strategy, as well as HIV/AIDS research. I urge my colleagues to do the same, and to join me in recognizing National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.