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Upton commemorates World AIDS Day 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2014 | Lynn Turner / Nick Culp (269-385-0039 / 202-225-3761) | comments
"Today we remember the lives tragically ended because of HIV/AIDS and renew our commitment to the millions more who continue to live with the virus today. Working together, we have made tremendous advances over the past decades in research, treatment, and prevention to offer greater hope for its victims and halt the spread to countless more. We will not rest until this epidemic is stopped once and for all." - Rep. Fred Upton
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​House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day. Observed worldwide on December 1, the day seeks to raise greater public awareness of HIV/AIDS, renew global efforts to stop the epidemic, and remember those lives lost. More than 1.2 million people are currently living in the United States with HIV and almost one in seven are unaware they have the disease, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Today we remember the lives tragically ended because of HIV/AIDS and renew our commitment to the millions more who continue to live with the virus today,” said Upton who met this summer with Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White, the Indiana teenager who died in 1990 from complications from AIDS after becoming infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment. Upton has been a longtime supporter of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the largest federally funded program in the United States for people living with HIV/AIDS.

“Working together, we have made tremendous advances over the past decades in research, treatment, and prevention to offer greater hope for its victims and halt the spread to countless more. We will not rest until this epidemic is stopped once and for all,” continued Upton.

This Congress, Upton’s committee successfully advanced S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which allows research to fully evaluate the safety and efficacy of organ transplantation between individuals with HIV. In 1988, Congress banned the transplantation of HIV-infected organs. Today, HIV treatments have extended and improved the lives of individuals with HIV, increasing the need for organ donations. S. 330 was signed into law by President Obama on November 21, 2013.

This spring, Upton partnered with Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) in launching the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative, which seeks to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of treatments and cures for patients facing life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS.

For more information on HIV/AIDS, testing, and prevention, visit http://www.aids.gov.
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