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Rep. Barbara Lee Participates in National HIV Testing Day

Rep. Barbara Lee Participates in National HIV Testing Day


This post is courtesy our friends at the ONE Campaign. You can join them in calling on Congress not to cut funding for HIV/AIDS Programs by signing the petition today.

This week, for National HIV Testing Day, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-07) led by example and got tested for HIV.

In volunteering to be screened for HIV, Rep. Lee hopes to bring awareness to the importance of getting tested.

Rep. Lee said, “Testing is one of the most crucial and effective tools we have in responding to the AIDS epidemic. The only way to eliminate stigma in our communities is by getting informed and knowing your status.”

National HIV Testing Day is organized by the National Association of People with AIDS, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty-four million people around the world are HIV-positive, including nearly 15,000 residents of Washington, D.C.

Rep. Lee regularly participates in this event, along with other members of Congress. She is not only a champion for those living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, but also abroad.

Rep. Lee has been a leader in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. She co-authored legislation to renew America’s commitment to the fight against AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Together, PEPFAR and the Global Fund have provided more than 8.6 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral drugs and treated more than 8.6 million cases of tuberculosis. Last year alone, these programs supplied nearly 13 million people, including more than 4.1 million orphans and vulnerable children, with medical care and support.

While ONE is lucky to count Rep. Lee as a champion for the global fight against AIDS, she cannot do it alone, and you can help. Please sign our petition urging Congress to help make AIDS history by defending funding for PEPFAR and The Global Fund, and share your support for these life-saving programs within your community in a letter to the editor.


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6:32PM PST on Feb 8, 2013


8:28AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Please discuss female genital mutilation in Egypt and Sudan's because there are many where damage nonetheless Sudan practiced female circumcision

1:48AM PDT on Nov 4, 2012

Thanks for a great article,

6:18AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Excuse me, that should have said, paired, not "prepared".

6:18AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I am all in favor of testing, but that message should be prepared with prevention--now to avoid contracting it if you're negative and how to avoid transmitting it if you're positive.

5:51AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Good for you, Rep. Lee.

1:32PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Kudos to Rep. Lee for providing the model of leadership all constituents deserve from their representatives, but most of us are not receiving in this Congress--especially from the current GOP majority.

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