WASHINGTON - December 1 -
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) released
the following statement today about World AIDS Day. Feingold is traveling
this week through Kenya and Ethiopia, two countries heavily impacted
"This year, on World AIDS Day, we are reminded of the rapidly rising
rate of HIV/AIDS and its devastating impact on communities around the
world. The global AIDS epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 25
million people, and 40 million people are currently living with HIV.
Despite recent advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, more resources must be
devoted to addressing the disproportionate impact of AIDS, particularly
in the developing world. Africa has been particularly plagued by devastating
HIV/AIDS infection rates. During my travels this week in Kenya and Ethiopia,
I heard immense appreciation for the President’s successful PEPFAR
program. It has become clear that we can only defeat the epidemic by
aggressively pursuing a combination of efforts, including broader access
to good and affordable health care, prevention education, and increasing
the number of health care workers in impoverished nations. We must work
together to address this global epidemic in order to prevent future
cases of HIV/AIDS and improve the quality of life and lifespan for those
people living with HIV/AIDS."
Senator Feingold is the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Sub-committee on Africa and is the co-chair of the CSIS HIV/AIDS
Task Force with Senator Bill Frist (R-TN).