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Urge Congress to Recommit to Ending Pediatric AIDS
Since 2001 the number of new infections in children has been reduced by almost 60 percent—due in large part to U.S. leadership and programmatic support for dramatic scale up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programming globally. Even with that incredible progress, almost 600 children still become infected with HIV each day. Even more troubling is that only a third of children living with HIV have access to anti-retroviral treatment. This is a matter of life and death for these children - without these medicines, half of children born with HIV die by the age of two and 80 percent die by the age of five.
That is why Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Barbara Lee have introduced a bi-partisan resolution H. Res. 265: Recognizing the importance of a continued commitment to ending pediatric AIDS worldwide. This resolution reinforces the important role U.S. leadership plays in reducing new infections in children, reaching those children who are infected with HIV, as well as recommits the U.S. to lead the world towards ending AIDS.
Ask your member of Congress today to co-sponsor this resolution and send a signal that we can end pediatric AIDS once and for all.