NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Both Jim
Himes and Rep. Chris Shays, candidates for US House of
Representatives from Connecticut's 4th district, have signed a
pledge to support a comprehensive strategy to fight HIV/AIDS in
the US and around the world.
14,899 residents of Connecticut are HIV-positive, and in 2006
there were 422 new cases, according to the latest data available
from the US Centers for Disease Control. Approximately 56,000
people are infected with HIV each year in the United States.
"HIV/AIDS is a major issue in Connecticut, and we congratulate
both Chris Shays and Jim Himes for pledging the kind of
leadership we need in the fight against AIDS in the US and around
the world," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of the Global
AIDS Alliance Fund. "We also appreciate Rep. Chris Shays'
outspoken support on this issue and sponsorship of important AIDS
legislation in the Congress."
HIV/AIDS prevention efforts are paying off, but, at a global
level, the disease still infects 7,500 people each day.
Connecticut exports $204 million worth of goods to Africa every
year. It is estimated that without AIDS, the economic output of
many African countries would be much greater than it is today.
The pledge, sponsored by AIDS Action Council and the Global AIDS
Alliance Fund, commits candidates to backing a National AIDS
Strategy that is comprehensive and based on scientific evidence,
not ideology. 16 candidates, from across the US, have signed.
The pledge also commits candidates to backing a thorough reform
of foreign aid, to ensure that US aid to alleviate poverty is
well spent and to streamline the aid bureaucracy.
Fighting global poverty has bipartisan support, even with the
financial crisis looming.
Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated: "Of
course, some will ask the inevitable question in these troubled
times -- how can we afford it? I would ask instead -- how can we
not afford it? How can we afford to leave the world's striving,
struggling poor to their own devices? How can we afford not to
support weak, poor, and poorly governed states that as we have
seen, can destabilize the world in the 21st century?"
Contact: David Bryden, 202-789-0432 x 211 or mobile 202-549-3664
Source: Global AIDS Alliance Fund
Web Site: http://www.globalaidsalliancefund.org/