Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ): Support Reauthorization of PEPFAR with Increased Funding for Treatment
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Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ): Support Reauthorization of PEPFAR with Increased Funding for Treatment

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      AIDS Healthcare Foundation

As the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – the important global AIDS program responsible for saving millions of lives – faces reauthorization again this year, we need to get loud and tell Senator Robert Menendez (D – New Jersey), Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, that he must support the reauthorization of PEPFAR with increased funding for treatment.

The PEPFAR global AIDS program has been a resounding success, providing lifesaving AIDS treatment to over 5 million people, preventing millions of new HIV infections, and providing care to over 4.5 million orphans and vulnerable children.
Now this success is under threat: Only 4 of the 33 PEPFAR Partnership countries are treating more than 50% of their population living with HIV/AIDS; PEPFAR funding for treatment, as a percentage of total funds, has been steadily declining, currently representing only 25% of total funds; and there are widespread reports of capping treatment and even closing clinics. If we are finally going to turn the tide on the AIDS epidemic, PEPFAR must prioritize and incentivize getting as many people into treatment as possible.


In order to make these important changes to this crucial program, Congress must first reauthorize PEPFAR with clear, unshakeable allocations for treatment funding. As a representative whose position offers great influence for U.S. international policy, Chairman Menendez’s support of PEPFAR reauthorization is essential to its passage and the inclusion of dedicated funding for medication.


PEPFAR-supported clinics and patients worldwide have already experienced enough instability with the closure of treatment centers due to yearly budget cuts within the program, which threatens treatment regimens – and ultimately risks lives. Tell Senator Menendez that now is not the time to retreat on the U.S. commitment to the global AIDS fight – he must support the reauthorization of PEPFAR!

Send this petition to Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, urging him to reauthorize PEPFAR this year with needed changes to ensure that the program saves money while helping finally end the AIDS epidemic.

 

Want to get louder? Call Senator Menendez at 202.224.4744 and say:

"Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling to support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and I urge Congressman Menendez to reauthorize the program this year with a re-emphasis on AIDS treatment and cost efficiency.

If we are finally going to turn the tide on the AIDS epidemic, PEPFAR must prioritize getting as many people on treatment as possible. If we do this, we can more than double the number of people on treatment without spending any additional funds.

I strongly urge Senator Menendez to keep the promise on AIDS, and to reauthorize PEPFAR this year.

Thank you." 

 

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      • about 1 month ago

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      An ex-tenant began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

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    • winnie barron BROWNSVILLE, OR
      • 12 months ago

      PEPFAR has been of enormous support for our program for vulnerable children in Kenya. (www.makindu.org) I have personally witnessed an incredible impact and success, and as a medical professional, can attest to the vast improvement physically, and drastic decrease in new HIV infections.

      our program support via PEPFAR was already cut in half in this new funding cycle, and can't imagine it getting cut again. Please assist!!

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    • Peter H Smith NEWTON, MA
      • 12 months ago

      I work with an organization that educates Zambia AIDS orphans.

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    • Michael Farley LOUISA, VA
      • 12 months ago

      I know some of the folks personnaly that PEPFAR has helped.

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