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PHI Statement on the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018

STATEMENT FROM MARY A. PITTMAN, CEO AND PRESIDENT, PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE

 

December 1 is the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is an international day of remembrance and action so that people with HIV can live with dignity and health, and a reminder to set our sights toward a world where HIV no longer spreads. While we have made incredible progress there are still people getting infected, particularly in black and African American communities, and there are more than 2 million children around the world living with HIV.

I started my public health career in the San Francisco Health Department in 1980 when we were just discovering this disease and beginning to learn how to help people live and survive with it. Today's treatment options mean that many more people can live with HIV than 30 years ago. Nonetheless, we still need today what we needed then: more resources, less stigma, more access to treatment, affordable health care, and funding to find the most effective treatments and prevention.

Please take a moment to reflect on the many people whose lives and contributions to the world were shortened because of HIV, those who are still living with HIV, and all the researchers and caregivers working each day to end this disease forever.