August 1, 2012
On July 25, Congressman James Himes (D-CT) introduced the Cure for AIDS Act of 2012 (H.R.6187). The bill, which was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), would direct an additional $100 million to research specifically aimed at finding a cure for AIDS. Contact your representative TODAY and tell them to co-sponsor the Cure for AIDS Act!
The U.S spends billions of dollars annually screening and caring for individuals living with HIV or AIDS, but our investment in cure research is miniscule by contrast. According to the AIDS Policy Project, the National Institutes of Health only spends about 3 percent of its AIDS research budget on identifying a cure. That amounts to a paltry $60 million in 2011.
While new biomedical interventions like treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis provide exciting new tools in slowing the spread of HIV, we will never fully defeat this disease until we've found a cure. Even with a vaccine, there are another 1.2 million people already living with HIV or AIDS in the U.S. -- and another 33 million across the globe. We owe it to them to find a cure.
The Cure for AIDS Act would direct much needed resources to this effort at a time when the scientific community is especially hopeful that a cure is within reach. Tell your Congressman to support this bill TODAY!!
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