In the fight against HIV/AIDS—from Washington, D.C. to the rest of America and beyond—the same key problems are emerging. We must continue to find innovative, targeted solutions in the fight against this dreaded disease. I have been a fierce advocate on the House Appropriations Committee for additional funding to HIV/AIDS initiatives and will continue the fight to ensure that we achieve equality and equity in our treatment. There are many of us in Congress who recognize this important fact, chief among those are my dear friend Rep. Barbara Lee, whose upcoming Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012 targets at-risk populations both domestically and internationally. From legislative action on the federal level to grassroots efforts in state communities, we need to make targeting these communities a top priority in order to move forward. This requires advocacy, this requires commitment, and most importantly, it requires more investment.
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