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'AIDS is DC's Katrina' Ad Challenges Obama to Act on U.S. Epidemic
Date:6/2/2009

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WHAT: Press Teleconference -- AHF launches TV, internet ad urging action on AIDS

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd 2009 -- 11:30 a.m. Eastern (1100), 8:30 a.m. Pacific (0800)

HOW: Teleconference Dial in information, +1.877.411.9748 participant code #7931503

WHO: Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President; Tom Myers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation Chief of Public Affairs & General Counsel

"Katrina quickly came to symbolize the Bush Administration's neglect and indifference of some of America's most vulnerable citizens. Today, 56,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S., a 40% increase from last year, symbolize neglect and indifference -- and the failure of our U.S. HIV prevention efforts," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "The fact that Washington DC's HIV prevalence rate is now higher than some hard-hit African countries is an indictment of how the CDC has failed to lead in HIV prevention efforts. When this news about Washington's HIV rate first broke in March, President Obama remained silent. Despite his silence on AIDS to date, we hope this ad will prod President Obama to act forcefully on AIDS, and we remain hopeful he will be the change that we can believe in -- and urgently need -- on AIDS."

Many AIDS and public health officials believe that the 3% HIV prevalence rate recently reported in Washington is actually a low estimate; the true figure, they believe, may be closer to 5% of the District's population. Some fault ineffective leadership in Washington and the CDC for the burgeoning domestic AIDS epidemic, which is now disproportionately affecting minorities, people in rural areas and throughout the South. To address the growing epidemic, the CDC issued revised guidelines for HIV testing in September of 2006. It its revised guidel
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