HIVMA Board Chair, Dr. Judith A. Aberg, weighed in with Senate appropriators on behalf of HIVMA, in anticipation of Committee action on the Senate FY2013 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill next week. The letter urges the highest possible levels of funding for key domestic and international HIV/AIDS programs.
We strongly urge you to keep in mind the pressing importance of sustaining and strengthening our investment in combating HIV disease even during these difficult fiscal times. We are at a pivotal moment in the battle against HIV infection. Last year, a ground-breaking clinical trial (HPTN 052), named the scientific breakthrough of the year by Science magazine – found that HIV treatment not only saves the lives of people with HIV, but also reduces HIV transmission by more than 96 percent – proving that HIV treatment is also HIV prevention. The study confirmed that with an investment of resources, we can mark the beginning of the end of the HIV epidemic. We respectfully urge you to prioritize the following programs when making funding decisions in the FY2013 appropriations process:
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