Speak Out For Women and Children with HIV/AIDS

Right now, the global HIV/AIDS pandemic is at a political crossroads. While commitments have been made by the U.S. and the world to help women, children, and families in the fight against HIV/AIDS, we have so much left to do to eradicate HIV/AIDS from the globe.

The opportunity for action is now – we have a new Administration, a new Congress, and a new chance to ensure that women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS are not forgotten. With the efforts of you, me, and policymakers on Capitol Hill, we have the power to keep our promise to women and children with HIV/AIDS. Policymakers must take the following five immediate steps to combat HIV/AIDS:

– Fully fund the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR);
– Expand global access for HIV-positive pregnant women to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services;
– Increase the percentage of HIV-positive children on medical treatment worldwide;
– Strengthen U.S. commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS at home, including increased funding for the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act; and
– Increase the number of medicines tested and approved for children and support research toward finding a pediatric HIV vaccine.

It is time for renewed leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Help make a difference in the lives of millions of women and children. Sign our petition today.

Dear Senator/Representative,

Now is the time for leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Women and children around the world rely on essential global HIV/AIDS services to improve their health. But their future is uncertain. I urge you to take the following five steps to combat HIV/AIDS:

- Fully fund the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR);
- Expand access for HIV-positive pregnant women to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services through the PEPFAR program;
- Increase the percentage of HIV-positive children on medical treatment under PEPFAR;
- Strengthen U.S. commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS at home, including increased funding for the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act; and
- Increase the number of medicines tested and approved for children through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and support research toward finding a pediatric HIV vaccine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide will take significant efforts. But the consequences of inaction could put millions of women and children at risk of not receiving the medical care they need, and squander the investments made already to fight this disease.

[Your Comments]

Those most vulnerable to the disease -- women and children -- desperately need your help. Please make the fight against HIV/AIDS a priority. Thank you for your leadership and commitment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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