May 11, 2012
In advance of Mother's Day, Co-Chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, Trent Franks (R-AZ), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA), introduced a bipartisan House resolution "Recognizing the potential for the virtual elimination of pediatric HIV and AIDS and keeping HIV positive mothers alive."
Over 1,000 children around the world still contract HIV each day, the majority through mother-to-child-transmission. The vast majority (90%) of children living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa. As of 2010, only 23 percent of HIV-positive children were receiving anti-retroviral therapy.
Representative Lee promised that she would continue to fight for funding for HIV programs. Representative McDermott also spoke out against cuts in funding streams that help to combat mother-to-child-HIV-transmission. Representative Franks endorsed mother-to-child-transmission as one of the primary ways in which to achieve an HIV-free generation by 2015.
The Resolution calls for Congress to: