May 18, 2004
Category: HIV & AIDS
HRC Recognizes National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
'The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to ravage millions of Americans, and we need to aggressively pursue a vaccine against this disease,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.
WASHINGTON - In observance of National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement:
"The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to ravage millions of Americans, and we need to aggressively pursue a vaccine against this disease. Until the day comes when we have a safe and effective vaccine, we must redouble our prevention efforts to protect those most at risk, including our young people and communities of color."
While new treatments help reduce the number of AIDS-related deaths, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that new HIV infections remain essentially the same. Women, people of color and young people are particularly at risk for becoming infected. It is estimated that there are 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year.
In its 2001 strategic plan, the CDC set a goal of reducing the number of HIV infections by half by 2005. HRC maintains that reaching this goal will require significant increases in federal appropriations for prevention.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.