Hastings Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in recognition of the 18th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
“Now in its 18th year, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day plays a valuable role in mobilizing, educating, and reminding us of the disproportionate impact that this epidemic has upon African American men and women in our community. More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, nearly 500,000 of whom are Black.
“African Americans battling this disease are also confronted by greater obstacles, in the form of disproportionately low access to healthcare. The black community living with HIV/AIDS faces higher rates of homelessness, poverty, and incarceration, as well as difficulties in accessing preventative testing and treatment. Medical advances mean that people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and healthier lives, but we must not waiver in the fight to end new infections and provide better resources for those living with this disease.
“I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress, healthcare providers, and community leaders to support HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts.”
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.