Last Friday, the House Appropriations Committee voted to include a provision lifting the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. The appropriations bill with this provision will appear before the entire House this week, and the Senate will likely vote on the bill next week.
We can no longer afford to waste time. With PEPFAR, we have made significant progress in global HIV prevention and treatment in heavily AIDS-burdened nations. Yet, we still live in a world where, for every 2 individuals treated for HIV, 5 more become infected.
This morning, Congressman David Obey of Wisconsin, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, took the first step toward ending the 20-year-old ban on federal funding of syringe exchange. He removed the ban from the draft House Labor HHS spending bill he introduced to the subcommittee.
Every 9.5 minutes there is one new HIV infection in the US and forty-five new infections worldwide. This is unacceptable.
Thanks for taking this important action! In addition to making calls to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi, we need you to make a special call your Senator if she or he is on the important Senate Appropriations Committee, which has a say in all funding issues before Congress.