'The number of Asian and Pacific Islanders living with AIDS in this country has more than tripled in the last decade,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the following statement in honor of the first National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which will be held Thursday, May 19, 2005.
"The number of Asian and Pacific Islanders living with AIDS in this country has more than tripled in the last decade. It's also one of the fastest growing ethnic populations in the United States. Still, too little is being done to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
"We are proud to be a part of this day to encourage our national leaders to focus attention on the devastating impact HIV/AIDS has on the Asian and Pacific Islander community, especially among gay and bisexual men. Let this day serve as a wake-up call - for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, for our legislators and for our nation's health experts - that something must be done to better educate the community about scourge of HIV/AIDS."
The Human Rights Campaign is a sponsor of tomorrow's event titled "Opening Doors: A Call for Compassion and Inclusion of Asians and Pacific Islanders Living with HIV/AIDS." The forum on HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities will be held Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge (13th floor) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Speakers include: the Rev. Daniel Lee, Korean Bethel Presbyterian Church in Chicago Venerable Kenjitsu Nakagaki, New York Buddhist Church Patricia Nalls, executive director/founder of The Women's Collective in Washington, D.C. and Dr. John Chin, senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York.
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