AIDS Action Urges Congress To Resist Complacency Spurred By Promising AIDS News
FY98 Funding Decisions Must Be Tied To New Hope, Zingale Says
April 20, 1997
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Daniel Zingale, AIDS Action's executive director, told members of a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee last week that while new AIDS drug therapies are keeping more people with HIV/AIDS alive and healthy, the AIDS epidemic is far from over.
Zingale urged the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee to recommend fiscal year 1998 AIDS program funding levels that maintain the federal government's investment in AIDS research, care, and prevention and education.
Zingale credited tough choices and wise investments with helping to bring about declining AIDS death rates and an unprecedented sense of hope. He emphasized that "if we invest in today's hope - in HIV prevention and education, in the care provided through Ryan White, and in the National Institutes of Health to take us to the next level of research breakthroughs Ñ we may be able to take pride in having helped to bring about a true end to the AIDS epidemic sooner than anyone believed possible."
Zingale argued that Congress should demonstrate its commitment to ensure that new hope touches the lives of all American by increasing funding for federal AIDS programs. Zingale outlined the following needs:
Joe Zuñiga, AIDS Action
AIDS Action Council
This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.