Hastings’ Statement on National HIV Testing Day
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the 23rd annual National HIV Testing Day:
“Even as the rate of annual HIV infections declines, the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a pressing concern in my district and across the country. Approximately one in seven people currently infected with HIV don’t know their status. As we mark National HIV Testing Day, I believe it is important to champion regular testing, early detection, and treatment options that allow people infected with HIV to live longer, more fulfilling lives.
“HIV remains one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. In particular, African Americans, Hispanics, and young people remain at greater risk of infection. The Affordable Care Act is a critical piece of legislation that guarantees health coverage for people infected by HIV, makes treatment more affordable, and ensures access to cost-free preventative testing. Republicans in Congress are continuing their efforts to roll back coverage, we must fight back against their reckless proposals. I will continue to oppose any changes that will return us to the days when those living with HIV/AIDS had few options for treatment.
“This National HIV Testing Day, I encourage everyone to get tested. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress, healthcare providers, and community leaders to support HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts across the country.”
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.