Rep. Barbara Lee, HHS Announce New HIV Initiatives
July 20, 2012 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Associate
In advance of the upcoming International AIDS Conference, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced a new bill -- Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012 -- that “articulates a policy and financing framework to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in the United States and globally.”
Congresswoman Lee is the founding co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. H.R. 6138 would increase and target federal resources to maximize HIV efforts, expand efforts to end stigma and discrimination, and accelerate research and educational reform to address the epidemic at home and abroad. HRC has endorsed the bill.
On the same day, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $80 million in grants to increase access to HIV/AIDS care, funding that will help eliminate AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists and make a life-saving difference to low-income Americans across the country.
The funds will also support states and communities in their ongoing efforts to pursue the goals of President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Learn more about HRC’s involvement in the 19th International AIDS Conference at hrc.org/aids2012.
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