Congress is about to walk away from the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Unless we act now.
Since the first cases of AIDS were reported 30 years ago, breakthroughs in research have led to life-sustaining treatments and tools for prevention. Thanks to programs such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), millions living with HIV/AIDS have been helped and countless others have avoided contracting HIV.
Yet Congress may soon make drastic cuts to funding for HIV/AIDS research and treatment programs, such as PEPFAR.
A recent study by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, shows that these proposed cuts would have a devastating effect on recent progress:
-- Tens of thousands of infants could be infected with HIV due to reductions in services to combat transmission from pregnant mothers
-- Hundreds of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children could lose their food, education, and livelihood assistance
-- Funding for AIDS treatment for over 300,000 people would be eliminated
The House Appropriations Committee is set to consider these cuts in the next several weeks. Act now and tell the committee to maintain funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.
After 30 years of successfully battling AIDS, we can’t let Congress back down from the fight. Until a cure is developed, treatment and prevention programs must be fully funded. Send your letter to Congress now.
The bill being considered by the Appropriations Committee would undermine the global AIDS response, cut funding from successful AIDS and other global health programs, and ban support for lifesaving services. Additionally, the bill would combine multiple health programs into one budget line, which undermines transparency and open dialogue about allocation of resources.
I ask that you vote against any cuts to HIV/AIDS funding for treatment, prevention, or research. After 30 years of successfully battling this epidemic, now is not the time to let up.