Support antiretroviral treatment for 12 million with HIV by 2016, Republicans, Democrats urge Obama

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In a powerful display of humanitarian bipartisanship, with World AIDS Day on the way, and the Fourth Replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria Conference set for the same week in Washington, DC, 40 United States lawmakers — Democrats, Republicans, Senators and Congressional Representatives — have united across party lines and legislative bodies, signing a letter urging President Obama to set this nation’s AIDS-fighting goals higher than ever, and ensure that 12 million people living with HIV are receiving treatment by 2016.

The United States currently supports antiretroviral treatment for six million of the 10.1 million people receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV globally, while an estimated 35.3 million people worldwide are living with HIV.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

The letter was spearheaded by Rep. Barbara Lee, (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Lee is a long-time leader in the global HIV response who co-authored legislation that created the Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and has played a leading role in building responses to the domestic HIV epidemic as well. Sen. Coburn, a physician, most recently co-sponsored the HOPE Act,  legislation authorizing research into organ transplants for, and from HIV-infected individuals.

Sen. Tom Coburn

Sen. Tom Coburn

The letter, signed by 22 Senators and 18 Congressional Representatives, cites evidence from HPTN 052, the study that proved antiretroviral treatment for HIV also prevents transmission of the virus. “Evidence to support a strong role for treatment in PEPFAR has never been more abundant,” the letter says. It points to the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board’s 2011 vision of antiretroviral treatment for at least 90 percent of people living with HIV who need it, and to the World Health Organization’s newest guidelines recommending treatment before patients’ immune systems are severely depleted (with immune, or CD4 cell counts at or below 500 cells per millimeter of blood), for all children under five, and for all people in sexual relationships with HIV-negative partners.

The letter thanks President Obama for hosting the Global Fund Replenishment conference in Washington, saying the setting “sends a strong signal to other donor countries,” and “presents an important opportunity to renew and extend U.S. support  while challenging other nations to strengthen the overall response.”

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Lawmakers signing the letter are:

Sen. Tom Coburn, (R-OK)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

Sen. Mark Rubio (R-FL)

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)

12by16 page 2Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT)

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)12by16 page 3

Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA)

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)12 by 16 page 4

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I-ME)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)12 by 16 page 5

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)




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