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Rep. John Lewis Remarks on World AIDS Day

December 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — In recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day, Representative John Lewis made the following statement: 

“We have made tremendous progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and we have come too far to turn back now.

“The medicine we have today is stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and saving lives.  Each and every person must get tested.  This year’s World AIDS Day is as about increasing impact through transparency, accountability, and partnerships.  The United Nations says we can reach an AIDS-free generation by 2030.  I believe we can do it, and I am committed to saving lives and protecting critical public health programs.”

“Most importantly, I would like all of my brothers and sisters in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District who are living with HIV/AIDS to know that you are loved, respected, and cherished.  I understand that traveling to see doctors and to get medicine is difficult.  It can be overwhelming.   Your life is valuable.  You are beautiful and strong, you must stay the course, and you must continue the fight.  You cannot give up, and you cannot give in.  Please know that you are not alone.  Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, we are here with you and fighting for you.”   

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