Rev. Nipper: “AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Our Grasp, But We Must Reach Out Now and Grab All the Opportunities”



WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2014 — Today, in observance of World AIDS Day, the National LGBTQ Task Force released the following statement:

“World AIDS Day is an annual opportunity for our global community to come together to reflect on the challenge of HIV/AIDS, and to intensify our resolve to create a world free from HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation,” and it could be a road map to fundamental positive change. We must focus completely on ending stigma and ending any barriers to getting tested. For example, we must end the creeping criminalization of people living with HIV/AIDS. We must also focus on delivering universal access to all prevention tools (including PrEP) and life-saving and life-changing medications and therapies for everyone who needs them. We must partner even more intensely with those communities in our nation who are most hit by HIV/AIDS such as young Black and Latino men who have sex with men, Black women, people who inject drugs, and transgender women. And if our mission is a world free from HIV/AIDS, we must clearly identify the milestones and redouble our efforts to achieve them. The truth is that an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp but we must reach out now and grab all the opportunities to get there as quickly as possible.”

— Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

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