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Rep. Lee Calls for Status Report on National HIV/AIDS Strategy

By Julie Turkewitz

May 16, 2011

Since the release of Obama's AIDS plan, the ADAP wait list has grown from 2,090 people to more than 8,100 individuals.

Since the release of Obama's AIDS plan, the ADAP wait list has grown from 2,090 people to more than 8,100 individuals.

Nearly a year after President Obama launched the country's first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee is calling for a check up on the implementation of the plan.

While many applauded the plan when it was released, Housing Works has repeatedly faulted it for its insufficiently ambitious goals.

Since the plan's publication, many people living with HIV/AIDS have found it more difficult to access services. In particular, the wait list to receive medication through the country's AIDS Drug Assistance Programs has expanded significantly, growing from 2,090 individuals in July 2010 -- when Obama released the strategy -- to more than 8,000 people today.

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Read the release from Lee's office.

Lee Calls for Status Report on National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Universal Treatment Goal 30 Years After First Reports of AIDS in the United States

May 13, 2011

Washington, DC -- This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and 87 Members of Congress introduced HR 1880, legislation calling for a status report on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and progress toward achieving universal access to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS:

"In honor of the 25 million heroes that we have lost to this horrific epidemic in the last thirty years, I introduced this legislation to reinforce the United States' commitment to combating HIV/AIDS both at home and abroad.

"Despite many challenges, we have come a long way in our fight against this disease. As we reaffirm our commitment on this occasion, we must stay vigilant to ensure greater progress is made in our communities and around the world".

Congresswoman Lee has been a leader in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. She co-authored legislation signed into law creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in 2000, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the PEPFAR Reauthorization Act in 2008, and in 2005 legislation addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also been a leader in the effort to establish a National AIDS Strategy, and is a member of Labor HHS Subcommittee with jurisdiction over all domestic HIV/AIDS funding. She is the only United States representative on United Nations Development Programme's Global Commission on HIV and the Law and was the original sponsor of legislation that lead to the repeal of the Immigration and Travel ban that barred the entry of HIV positive individuals. The repeal allowed the International AIDS conference -- scheduled for July 2012 in Washington DC -- to be held in the U.S. after 20 years.

HR 1880: Calling for Status Report on the Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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