Congresswoman Johnson releases a statement on World AIDS Day
WASHINGTON, D.C.—(December 1, 2014)—Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the followings statement in honor of World Aids Day:
“Today marks the 26th annual observance of World AIDS Day. Over the years, countless lives, both foreign and domestic, have been lost as a result of this illness. AIDS is a global epidemic which requires a global response in order to ensure better lives and access to care and treatment. In memory of the lives lost and in honor of those living with HIV and AIDS, we must reflect upon and acknowledge the ongoing work that is required to combat this epidemic across the globe.
As a member of Congress and registered nurse committed to the advancement of modern medicine and better access to healthcare despite origin or income level, I believe this can be achieved through the following:
- Increased access to the full range of healthcare services;
- Robust support for domestic and global health programs – including those that focus on HIV/AIDS, family planning, and reproductive healthcare;
- Greater investment in sex education in the U.S. and around the world;
- Protection of the Affordable Care Act; and
- Advancing the health and human rights of all people.
The world we want is possible and I will continue to make these issues a priority during my time in Congress. December 1st marks World AIDS Day, in light of this year’s theme ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation,’ I encourage my colleagues and each of our communities to stand in support of an AIDS-free world.”