Equality California Observes the 30th Annual World AIDS Day

Los Angeles - November 30, 2017 - Tomorrow, Equality California will observe the 30th annual World AIDS Day. Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:

"On this thirtieth year of World AIDS Day, we remember the millions we have lost to AIDS, celebrate the numerous scientific and policy advances in treatment and prevention, and pledge to support the worldwide 'getting to zero' efforts – zero HIV transmissions, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero stigma against people living with HIV.

Just six weeks ago, we celebrated the passage of Senate Bill 239, our landmark legislation to modernize California's discriminatory HIV criminal laws and improve public health. We are also spearheading efforts at the state and local level to increase access to HIV treatment and prevention options, and working at the federal level to protect the Affordable Care Act, which provides vital coverage for people living with HIV.

More broadly, the promise of tools like PrEP-a daily pill for HIV-negative people that is 99% effective at preventing HIV-and new understanding that HIV-positive people who take their medication consistently are virtually unable to transmit the virus to others, offer hope for an AIDS-free future.

But despite this progress, HIV continues to threaten millions around the globe and the LGBTQ community, particularly gay men and transgender women of color. It is our job to ensure that these medical advances, and our legislative and social justice triumphs, are extended deep into the poorest communities and most vulnerable populations if we are to finally claim victory over this disease.

Equality California stands in solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV and will continue to advocate for equal access to affordable healthcare for the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV, until the work is done."

Equality California is the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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