FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2016
Contact: Mikola De Roo, 347-585-6051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Housing Works applauds
Secretary Hillary Clinton for building upon her call for an “AIDS free
generation” by pledging to set and meet
concrete goals and a timeline to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, and
then globally, by reducing new infections and ending AIDS deaths.
On Tuesday, August 2, the Clinton Campaign announced that Secretary Clinton would act quickly if elected to convene an “End the Epidemic” working group to adopt aggressive and attainable timelines to end the U.S. AIDS epidemic and to increase American support to meet global HIV treatment and prevention goals. In a policy statement, her campaign set out a vision to not only fully implement the current U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy but to strengthen federal action to transform the current HIV strategy into a concrete plan to end our U.S. AIDS epidemic and to end the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS.
The policy statement outlines a commitment to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to meet the needs of people with AIDS in all parts of the country, lower the cost of prescription drugs, remove barriers such as housing instability that limit the ability to benefit from HIV care, and reform federal and state laws that criminalize HIV infection.
“As New Yorkers and longtime AIDS activists, we mark this as an historic moment. Under the great leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and with the full support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York State became the first jurisdiction in the world to set out feasible, detailed plans to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York City and State by the year 2020. “New York paved the way for Secretary Clinton’s bold national HIV/AIDS platform,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works and community co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force. “New York is leading by example and showing the country and the world that an end to the AIDS epidemic is within our reach. And we are grateful and pleased that Secretary Clinton has stepped up and heeded that call to action by bringing the same boldness and vision to the national stage. We look forward to continued work with Secretary Clinton and her Campaign to build on this incredible momentum in the coming months. Together, we can and will end AIDS as an epidemic nationwide.”
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