Friday, January 30, 2009


Call the White House and Your Senator,
Support HIV, STD Prevention funding:
Ensure $400 million funding Remains in Economic Recovery Bill

Why: The Senate will begin debate next week on the Economic Recovery bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives this week. The Senate bill includes $400 million in funding for HIV and STD screening and prevention. (The House version is $335 million and includes TB and Viral Hepatitis as well. We will call for inclusion of those diseases in conference). We must make certain the funding remains in the bill.

56,300 new HIV infections occur annually
One state plans to close all STD clinics due to budget cuts
More than 680 jobs have been lost in TB control programs in last three years
At least 3 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis C
25% of the current public health care workforce is eligible to retire in 2012

The money should be sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention to address the four most common infectious diseases in the U.S. Adjusted for inflation, CDC's HIV prevention budget alone has decreased by 19.3% since fiscal year 2002. Explain to the Administration and the Senators that prevention funding is critical to the health and well-being of the country.

Take Action:
Contact the White House 202-456-1414 comments line
Contact your Senator 202-224-3121

Tell them to maintain the $400 million funding for HIV, STD, TB, and Viral Hepatitis Prevention!

Sign-on deadline: Call now and continue to call until Wednesday, February 4th

Additional Information: One-time investments in the prevention of HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis and TB is an effective way to create thousands of jobs, modernize and strengthen the public health infrastructure, accelerate prevention efforts and hasten the elimination of these efforts. The nation must invest in turning the tide on these infections for a healthier society and improved healthcare infrastructure.

Reach your Senators by dialing 202-224-3121 and asking for them by name.
Not sure who your Senators are? Go to here to find out!

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