“The AIDS epidemic is a public health crisis that affects every American community and communities across the globe.For decades, this terrible disease has taken a massive toll on communities, especially communities of color. Thankfully in recent years, we’ve made historic progress and have an opportunity to finally end this epidemic for good – if we redouble our efforts.
We’ve come too far to backslide but tragically, we are seeing a disturbing increase in new infections, especially among African American women in the U.S. South.
I firmly believe that if we make a commitment now, we can see an AIDS-free generation within our lifetime. But only if we increase education, access to testing and get people into treatment.
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This World AIDS Day, let’s each of us commit to creating an AIDS-free generation. Personally, we can each take our health into our own hands and get tested. As a community and nation, we can continue pushing positive policies and programs that are successfully driving new infection rates downward.”