Today, leaders from the national HIV/AIDS movement unveiled the Declaration to End HIV/AIDS in America. In a signing ceremony at the first ever Summit to End HIV/AIDS in America, being held in conjunction with the 16th annual United States Conference on AIDS, signatories underscored critical scientific and policy developments that will greatly impact the fight against the disease and committed themselves fully to realizing the dream of an America without AIDS.
"For the first time in over thirty years, it is possible to realistically envision an end to HIV/AIDS," said National Minority AIDS Council Director of Legislative & Public Affairs Kali Lindsey.
"Scientific advances like treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis have provided exciting new tools to combat the spread of HIV, while the Affordable Care Act will greatly expand access to care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. But ending this epidemic will not be easy. Today, leaders from all over the United States signed the Declaration to End HIV/AIDS in America to publically commit themselves to making this dream a reality."
The Declaration was developed by the National Minority AIDS Council in conjunction with a blue ribbon panel of more than 80 HIV/AIDS activists and advocates from across the country and chaired by Dr. Julio Montaner, an internationally renowned researcher and a leader in the successful use of treatment as prevention.