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Pelosi Statement on World AIDS Day
Date:11/30/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on World AIDS Day, tomorrow December 1, 2007:

"World AIDS Day gives us an opportunity each year to assess the progress we have made together in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to consider what more we can do to help alleviate poverty and disease at home and in the developing world.

"This year's World AIDS Day theme is 'Keep the Promise - Leadership.' It is a reminder that we all must do more. Across the developing world, HIV/AIDS is devastating productive members of these societies, discouraging economic development and orphaning millions of children.

"Last week, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization released more accurate figures that reduce the number of people estimated to be living with HIV and new HIV infections. While the report is welcome news, the numbers are still staggering: 2.5 million new HIV infections each year, and a worldwide total of 33 million people infected with HIV. The need for stronger U.S. leadership and a sustained commitment from the international community is clear.

"I am proud that one of the first actions taken by the new Congress was to provide $4.5 billion for global AIDS initiatives, representing a $1.3 billion increase over the previous year. We followed up this year by passing an additional $6 billion commitment for global AIDS -- the highest levels of funding ever appropriated by the U.S. to fight infectious diseases worldwide.

"We have an opportunity to do even more. Congress will soon consider legislation to reauthorize the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This is an opportunity to show that America stands with developing nations as they fight this deadly disease. Greater investments in treatment and care can strengthen health systems and give new hope to millions, and a renewed focus on education and the elimination of gender-based violence can make significant strid
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