December 01, 2009

Chairman Kerry Marks World AIDS Day, Applauds Administration's Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today on World AIDS Day:

"Today we mark the extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS. While the disease claimed 2 million lives worldwide last year, millions of others are alive today because of the impact of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. I am pleased the Administration's five-year strategy highlights the importance of country-led prevention strategies to address the local drivers of the epidemic, while continuing to expand access to treatment and care programs. I am particularly pleased, this World AIDS Day, that we in the United States can also celebrate the lifting of the HIV travel ban."