FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 26, 2012
World AIDS Day 2012:
Invest in the End of AIDS Now
Sterling, VA—On November 27, 2012, in honor of World AIDS Day, members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will stand with people living with HIV in the United States and around the world as it joins ACT UP Philadelphia, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, QUEEROCRACY and the Student Global AIDS Campaign in a rally in Washington, D.C. to call for full-funding for domestic and global AIDS programs.
For World AIDS Day 2012, AMSA has joined with Student Global AIDS Campaign to oppose federal budget cuts to AIDS and call for earnest investment in the end of AIDS. Recent scientific evidence and epidemiologic modeling has shown we can bring about an AIDS-free generation, but not if political leaders compromise a robust AIDS response by slashing budgets. AMSA members are organizing legislative lobby visits, legislator call‐ins, and strategic media use to ensure that policymakers hear this message loud and clear.
“It’s been over thirty years since the CDC announced the first cases of HIV,” said Elizabeth Wiley, MD, JD, MPH, AMSA national president. “In those thirty years, so many advances have been made. With an end to HIV/AIDS in sight, now is the time to invest in early treatment and prevention. It’s not the time to cut funding. On World AIDS Day, we have a unique opportunity to make our voices heard.”
“We have the tools we need to end the AIDS pandemic, but we need sustained funding and political leadership to achieve universal access to treatment and prevention that will save millions of lives,” said Katrina Ciraldo, a second year medical student at Boston University. “ In the U.S., programs are being scaled-down instead of up. We are not only causing unnecessary suffering by cutting AIDS housing programs and putting people out on the streets, but also wasting the opportunity to make the world free of AIDS.”
AMSA supports the Robin Hood Tax, or the Financial Transaction Tax (H.R. 6411, Inclusive Prosperity Act), which would impose a 0.5 percent tax on speculative financial transactions on Wall Street. The tax will generate as much as $350 billion a year that could solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and end the AIDS pandemic. Click here
for more information on AMSA’s AIDS Advocacy Network.
About the American Medical Student Association
AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at www.amsa.org.