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Letter: Get the AIDS fight back on track

America has led the way in saving millions of lives around the world from the HIV/AIDS virus. Thanks to the support of lifesaving programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, more than 40 million lives have been saved, and tens of millions of people living with HIV are on treatment.

Despite this incredible progress, our work is far from over. It’s important to remember that AIDS is still a crisis that infects nearly 4,000 people every day. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted access to essential health services to test, treat, and prevent HIV/AIDS. This has particularly impacted children, leaving almost 800,000 children living with HIV without access to antiretroviral therapy in 2020. Even worse, people living with HIV/AIDS are at more severe risk of COVID-19 and are living in parts of the world with limited access to COVID-19 vaccines.

That’s why it is so important that Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan show support for programs that are helping the fight against COVID and AIDS. Next year, the U.S. will be hosting the funding conference for the Global Fund, one of the most effective and efficient health organizations on the planet. I’ll be watching to see if Sen. Sullivan and Sen. Murkowski are doing what it takes to get the AIDS fight back on track.

— Sue Stone

Anchorage

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