Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6138, a bill that articulates a policy and financing framework to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in the United States and globally. The bill was introduced in advance of the 19th International AIDS Conference which will be held in Washington D.C. beginning on July 22, 2012.
"The conference is an excellent opportunity to shine a global spotlight on the fight against AIDS in African American communities and a national spotlight on the ongoing global epidemic," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, founding co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. "I'm calling for a new, Global AIDS Free Generation Strategy--for the US and abroad. AIDS remains an urgent global health crisis, but the end of AIDS is within our reach."
The Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012 increases and targets federal resources to maximize impact of HIV efforts, expands efforts to end stigma and discrimination, repeals and reforms laws that violate human rights and undermine the positive impact of resources, and maximizes federal coordinating efforts to drive greater efficiency and improved results in all HIV and related programs. The bill establishes a system to expand targeted efforts to prevent HIV infection using a combination of effective, evidence-based approaches and accelerated research and educational reforms to addressing the epidemic at home and abroad. The bill also provides for the expansion of comprehensive sex education, thedistribution of condoms to people in prison, and improved provisions for monitoring HIV care.
"Thirty years after the first discovery of AIDS cases, the U.S. has made tremendous progress in addressing the global and domestic crisis," said Congresswoman Lee. "AIDS, however, remains an urgent global crisis requiring a long-term strategy and immediate action. Our hard won successes are in jeopardy and H.R. 6138, the Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act, is a critical measure as we recommit ourselves to fighting to end AIDS. Our charge in Congress must now be to ensure that we provide the necessary resources to address these urgent needs and ensure that this new strategy gets implemented quickly and effectively."
The legislation introduced today spearheads a new era by defining U.S. public health goals toward an AIDS-free generation. Specifically, the bill supports a 5-year Global HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Strategy, to expand and improve efforts to combat global HIV/AIDS, while promoting efficiency and maximizing results.