[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN SUPPORT OF WORLD AIDS DAY
HON. SHEILA JACKSON LEE
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 1, 2017
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, established by the World Health
Organization in 1988, December 1st is universally known as World AIDS
World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating
impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
All governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community
organizations and individuals are given the opportunity to display
their commitment to fight this deadly disease.
It has been more than 30 years since the first AIDS case was reported
in the United States.
It does not seem like it was too long ago, but HIV/AIDS had affected
many around the world before the disease even made its way to America's
Since then, countless researchers, healthcare providers, politicians,
and educators have contributed to the global initiative to contain and
eventually eliminate its presence in all corners of the world.
Although HIV/AIDS is no longer a mysterious and mischaracterized
entity, it is the most relentless and indiscriminate killer of our
And though a diagnosis is no longer the sealing of an immediate fate,
it is the beginning of an indefinite battle for life, adequate health
care, and for social belonging.
With an estimated 38.6 million people worldwide living with HIV at
the end of 2005, and more than 25 million people having died of AIDS
since 1981, December 1st is a date which serves to remind everyone that
action makes a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Let there be no mistake, we are here to acknowledge that AIDS is a
deadly enemy against which we must join all our forces to fight and
Americans should be reminded that HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.
With an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 HIV-positive individuals
living in the U.S., and approximately 56,000 new infections occurring
every year, the U.S., like other nations around the world is deeply
affected by HIV/AIDS.
The detrimental effects of HIV/AIDS have also hit home. More than
65,000 people in Texas are living with HIV.
Thirty-six percent more Texans are living with HIV today than just
seven years ago. In 2010, studies showed that 1 in every 3 diagnosed
persons in Texas were not getting proper medical treatment.
We must make certain that every affected individual receives
efficient medical treatment that will afford them long life.
Not only is the state of Texas suffering from HIV and AIDS, but my
district, the 18th Congressional District of Texas, has seen an
increasing number of people living with the disease.
In 2010, there were over 22,000 reported persons living with HIV
(non-AIDS) in the greater Houston area, and more than 9,000 reported
persons living with AIDS.
This problem continues to escalate as there have been 1,700 new
infections each year among individuals in Harris County, particularly
among racial and ethnic minorities.
We must continue to fight a tough fight to reverse all of these
costly and tragic trends.
I will continue to sponsor and co-sponsor legislation that addresses
the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The fight is not over.
We must continue to stand strong in our struggle to conquer some old
and new challenges that we as Americans and members of the global
Today, Friday, December 1st is World AIDS Day.
And, we will focus on HIV/AIDS, prevention and awareness, and
continue to fight for life.
Together, we will help all of our friends, relatives, and children
live healthy and full lives.