U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day:
"Although we have made great progress against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we still have a tremendous amount of work to do to achieve an AIDS free generation. On World AIDS Day, we celebrate the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to stemming the tide of this public health pandemic here in the United States and around the world."
"Today, nearly 35 million people around the world have died from HIV/AIDS, including an estimated 1,593 Rhode Islanders. With nearly 2,200 people in Rhode Island currently living with the disease and up to 100 people infected each year, this disease continues to impact Rhode Islanders and people all over the world."
"Last month, with tremendous bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and I was proud to be a vocal proponent of this action. As we mark the 10 year anniversary of PEPFAR, it is critical that the United States continues to play a leadership role in the fight against this disease."
"Over the past decade, PEPFAR has enabled expanded access to antiretroviral therapy for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, which has led to a decrease in deaths from this devastating disease all around the world. I will continue to work in Congress to advance our ability to eradicate this disease and to support our country in continuing its leadership role in an increasingly international effort against HIV/AIDS."
"World AIDS Day gives us a chance to join in solemn recognition of the lives lost and to recommit ourselves to the goal of ending HIV/AIDS in Rhode Island, across the country, and across the world."