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Your Black World: Congressman Barbara Lee Addresses AIDS/HIV

                 

 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressed “Black America and the Global AIDS Epidemic” during a press conference today at the XVII Annual International AIDS Conference in Mexico City where she is the only member of Congress in attendance.  The Congresswoman discussed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which authorizes $48 billion to help millions of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS globally, and she addressed the growing epidemic among African Americans. 

Lee was co-author of the original 2003 PEPFAR legislation and the 2008 reauthorization that was signed by the President on July 30.

“As a co-author of virtually every bipartisan global AIDS bill that has passed in Congress over the last ten years including the most recent legislation to extend and expand the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, I am pleased by our progress in combating this disease globally,” Lee said.

“However our progress in combating this disease at home has not met with the same results.  As the new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show, AIDS is still running rampant in America, especially among African Americans and young gay men.”

 

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