Task Force responds to national HIV/AIDS strategy unveiled today

July 13, 2010

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, July 13 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to the Obama administration’s unveiling today of a national HIV/AIDS strategy.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Today the Obama administration unveiled the first-ever plan for a coordinated strategy to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Such a plan is long overdue, and implementation can’t happen fast enough. On average, someone contracts HIV in the U.S. every nine and a half minutes. Each day without action means lives are changed forever, lives that are disproportionately gay, bisexual, transgender, people of color, and the financially disadvantaged.

“This plan offers much-needed relief by focusing on high-risk communities, directing money to states with the highest need based on reported cases of HIV/AIDS, and by recognizing the unique needs of affected populations. The administration has taken a historic step today in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, the plan doesn’t yet go far enough in ending new infections and helping those already coping with the disease to manage it. The government must make available the necessary resources and life-saving medicines for those in need. Adequate attention to and funding for implementation as well as aggressive timetables are essential to the success of this plan. This ongoing national tragedy requires an immediate, potent and cohesive federal response that is appropriately funded.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.