Wasserman Schultz Statement on 35th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today in observance of World AIDS Day:

“For 35 years, World AIDS Day has united the globe in raising awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today, an estimated 36.7 million people are living with this tragic disease worldwide and we know that this number will grow unless we work fearlessly and tirelessly on this civil and human rights issue.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that lawmakers fight for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is currently providing access to preventative care, testing, and treatment to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. No one should have to choose between financial stability and lifesaving medication and procedures, especially those with pre-existing conditions. As a legislator, I will continue to support the ACA and funding for research, education, and health care facilities in the South Florida community and beyond.

“In the fight against this epidemic, we must denounce policies that continue to stigmatize this disease and the communities affected. After the horrific shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando this June, I urged the Food and Drug Administration to expedite their elimination of the discriminatory restrictions on gay men donating blood. We know that we must break down every physical, psychological, and social barrier that bars too many Americans from getting the care they need and deserve.”