Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement in recognition of the Twenty-Fifth World AIDS Day.
“Let us dedicate ourselves to the eradication of HIV-AIDS, a disease that has killed more than thirty million people, a disease with which more than thirty-five million people are living in the United States and around the world. Despite forms of treatments that have been developed in recent years, many people are unable to access either these treatments or critical health services that could prevent the transmission of the disease.
“To reduce the threat of HIV-AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, I sponsored the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013, legislation that would substantially increase access to sexual and reproductive health care in developing countries. I will continue to pursue the enactment of this legislation to end the threat of HIV-AIDS. In addition, I continue to support funding for HIV-AIDS prevention in Brooklyn and in the United States, increased funding for HIV-AIDS research, and increased access to healthcare for those living with the disease in Brooklyn and the United States.”