- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec 9, 2014—AIDS Healthcare Foundation released the following statements to commemorate the global observation of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day on December 10:

“With thirty-five million people around the world living with HIV and the disease being the world’s leading infectious killer, there can be no honest discussion about human rights without calling attention to this enduring scourge upon mankind. While falling infection rates in many regions in the world show the global progress we’ve made in fighting HIV, the fact remains that nineteen million HIV-positive people are still not even aware they are infected. Equally troubling is the reality that twenty-two million people living with the disease are not receiving medical treatment through life-saving antiretroviral drug therapy. Regardless of the country they live in, no man, woman or child should have to go without access to HIV medicine and proven STD-prevention methods such as condoms.” - Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

“Article 25 in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to adequate medical care and with each life we help save in the thirty-six countries where AHF currently operates, we’re reminded that treatment for HIV/AIDS is a universal human right. We remain committed to doing our part to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic by connecting 20 million HIV+ people to care by the end of the year 2020 and we call upon governments around the world to increase their efforts on all fronts to support their citizens in leading healthy, productive lives.” - Dr. Jorge Saavedra, Global Ambassador, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to nearly 365,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.


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SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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