October 9, 2012
Last week, HIV/AIDS leaders from across the country came together at the first ever Summit to End HIV/AIDS in America, held in conjuction with the United States Conference on AIDS, to discuss strategies for ending the domestic epidemic. As part of the Summit, we unveiled the Declaration to End HIV/AIDS in America. NMAC drafted the Declaration in conjunction with a blue ribbon panel of more than 80 HIV/AIDS activists and advocates from across the country and chaired by Dr. Julio Montaner, an internationally renowned researcher and a leader in the successful use of treatment as prevention.
In a signing ceremony that opened the Summit, signatories including national and regional HIV/AIDS organizations as well as celebrities like Magic Johnson and Wendy Williams underscored critical scientific and policy developments that will greatly impact our fight against this disease and committed themselves fully to realizing the dream of an America without AIDS. You can join them in dedicating yourself to ending this epidemic!!
The following is an excerpt from the Declaration:
We, the undersigned, recognize that we are at a pivotal moment in our battle against this disease. Policy and science have aligned like never before, making it possible to realistically envision an end to this epidemic. Now our nation faces a fundamental choice: we can continue to sacrifice our public and fiscal health on the status quo, or we can choose to make the smart investments and structural changes necessary to finally end HIV/AIDS. We are committed to doing what it takes to end this epidemic and drafted this declaration to codify the values and principles that should guide our efforts. We publically dedicate our skills, faith, and resources to ending HIV/AIDS in America ...
For the first time in over thirty years, it is possible to envision an America free from HIV/AIDS. But accomplishing this will not be easy. It will require bold, visionary leadership and the commitment of all of us to successfully translate the promise of this moment into a world without HIV/AIDS. Science and research have given us powerful tools; now we must decide to act. We, the undersigned, commit ourselves fully to realizing this dream and invite you to join us.
The entire Declaration can be viewed online here: http://nmac.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DeclarationToEndAIDSInAmerica_FINAL.pdf.
Now we're asking that you join the national and regional leaders who endorsed the Declaration last week and add your voice to the growing cocophany demanding an END to this epidemic!
Click here to sign on to the historic Declaration to End HIV/AIDS in America!! And please encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Together, we can end this epidemic once and for all!