Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
November 30, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of World AIDS Day, which is observed tomorrow, December 1:

“On Saturday, Americans will join with people from across the globe to observe World AIDS Day.  We will remember all those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and the millions of families who continue to mourn loved-ones.  We will also reach out our hands in support to those who live with the disease, especially those who face obstacles to accessing life-sustaining treatment.  The LGBT community has been particularly affected by HIV/AIDS, and as we mark World AIDS Day, we stand together with LGBT Americans and LGBT people around the world who have faced the challenges of this disease since its discovery, often while simultaneously fighting for the equal rights and equal dignity that were not always afforded them.

“Fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush and Congress enacted legislation creating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or ‘PEPFAR.’  I was proud to support PEPFAR’s creation.  Since its launch, the program has directed more than $70 billion in funding to fight HIV/AIDS around the world and represents the largest commitment by any country to combat this disease.  This commitment has saved millions of lives and put humankind on the offensive against HIV/AIDS to a point where we can now talk about eventually curing and eradicating it.  

“As we join in marking this solemn day, let us be filled with hope for the future and reinvigorated with the spirit of determined action.  Together, building on the successes of PEPFAR and other efforts, we can achieve a cure and bring relief to all those facing HIV/AIDS at home and abroad.”