Urge Congress to Recommit to Ending Pediatric AIDS
Since 2000 the number of new infections in children has been reduced by 70 percent—due in large part to U.S. leadership and programmatic support for dramatic scale up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programming globally. Even with that incredible progress, more than 400 children still become infected with HIV each day. Even more troubling is that less than half of children living with HIV have access to anti-retroviral treatment. This is a matter of life and death for these children - without these medicines, half of children born with HIV die by the age of two and 80 percent die by the age of five.
That is why Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Casey and Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Barbara Lee have introduced a bicameral, bipartisan resolution S.Res 310/ H.Res 593: Recognizing the importance of a continued commitment to ending pediatric AIDS worldwide. This resolution reinforces the important role U.S. leadership plays in reducing new infections in children, reaching those children who are infected with HIV, as well as recommits the U.S. to lead the world towards ending AIDS.