Sens. Nelson and Rubio lead Senate support of the International AIDS Conference

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Last week, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution in support of expanding global HIV/AIDS research, prevention and treatment.

In addition, the resolution states the Senate’s support for the 19th International AIDS Conference, held this week in Washington, D.C., (the first time the United States has hosted the conference in 22 years). This resolution is a perfect end to AIDS 2012 and exemplifies the idea that AIDS is a post-partisan issue — a cause that we can all unite around, regardless of party affiliation.

S. Res. 532 celebrates the United States’ leadership on HIV/AIDS relief over the past 30 years and commits to more aggressively addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis at home and abroad.

Specifically, it calls for more effective prevention strategies and “safer and more affordable, accessible, and effective treatment regimens” for those living with HIV/AIDS. The resolution also underscores the connected nature of AIDS and poverty, stating that “the key to overcoming HIV/AIDS includes efforts to formulate sound public health policy” which takes social challenges into account.

The resolution, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, has 12 cosponsors, including ONE champions Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md.

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