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Leading AIDS Groups Turn Up The Heat on '08 Presidential Candidates
Date:11/28/2007

chmarks and accountability mechanisms is a

key plank in the AIDSVote.org platform. The U.S. requires nations

applying for billions of dollars in federal funding under the

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to develop such

plans -- but the U.S. has yet to develop its own national strategy to

combat the domestic HIV/AIDS crisis.

AIDSVote.org is a nonpartisan voter and candidate education campaign endorsed by dozens of leading AIDS organizations including the Campaign to End AIDS, AIDS Action Council, the National Association of People with AIDS, the Global AIDS Alliance, and HealthGAP.

While not endorsing candidates for public office, AIDSVote.org is dedicated to ensuring that presidential candidates know about the best possible strategies to make progress against HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and abroad. The website includes domestic and global AIDS platforms, which detail how the next president of the U.S. can end AIDS in places as remote as South Africa and as close as South Carolina.

"We not only hope to better inform voters about how important HIV/AIDS policy issues and the need for a national AIDS strategy are in the election but also hope to better inform the candidates themselves," said Rebecca Haag, AIDS Action Council executive director.

"AIDSVote.org wants to make sure that whoever moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009 will make ending the AIDS epidemic a top priority," said David Ernesto Munar, vice president at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. "It's a matter of life and death."

The answers to the candidate questionnaire and GMHC's candidate report are only the first installments that will be available on AIDSVote.org, which will track the presidential candidates' positions on HIV/AIDS up until the November 2008 election.


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