AIDS Action welcomes news of sustained drop in AIDS deaths
While experiencing slight declines, death rates among women, people of color remain troubling
July 14, 1997
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today delivered exciting news of a 19 percent decline in total U.S. AIDS deaths, confirming that the historic 13 percent drop in AIDS deaths reported on earlier this year was not a one time only occurrence. AIDS Action welcomes today's news and we are grateful that women - a population for which the CDC did not earlier report a decline in AIDS deaths - now too are experiencing slight decreases in AIDS deaths. It would appear that this good news is directly linked to access to quality health care and improved AIDS treatments. The good news further validates the urgency to improve access to health care and other services for all Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and the continued need to invest in research efforts to discover a cure, a vaccine, and even more effective treatments to arrest replication of this terrible virus.
Our nation is at a crucial moment in the fight against AIDS. As the numbers indicate, we have made incredible progress on several fronts. However, so much more remains to be done. AIDS Action calls upon the public health community, with crucial support from the federal government, to act quickly and assertively to ensure that the new hope touches the lives of all people affected by HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Action is the nation's leading AIDS advocacy organization, representing all Americans affected by HIV/AIDS, and over 1,400 community-based organizations that serve them.
This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.