World AIDS Day, 2014, 71953-71954 [2014-28560]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 232 / Wednesday, December 3, 2014 / Presidential Documents 71953 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9216 of December 3, 2014 World AIDS Day, 2014 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we have transformed what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. More effective prevention, treatment, and care now save millions of lives while awareness has soared and research has surged. This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation. Since I took office, more people who are infected with HIV have learned of their status, allowing them to access the essential care that can improve their health, extend their lives, and prevent transmission of the virus to others. My Administration has made strides to limit new infections and reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequalities, and we have nearly eliminated the waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. For many, with testing and access to the right treatment, a disease that was once a death sentence now offers a good chance for a healthy and productive life. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D2 Despite these gains, too many with HIV/AIDS, especially young Americans, still do not know they are infected; too many communities, including gay and bisexual men, African Americans, and Hispanics remain disproportionately impacted; and too many individuals continue to bear the burden of discrimination and stigma. There is more work to do, and my Administration remains steadfast in our commitment to defeating this disease. Guided by our National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we are working to build a society where every person has access to life-extending care, regardless of who they are or whom they love. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition, such as HIV/AIDS, and requires that most health plans cover HIV screenings without copays for everyone ages 15 to 65 and others at increased risk. We have expanded opportunities for groundbreaking research, and we continue to invest in innovation to develop a vaccine and find a cure. And this summer, my Administration held a series of listening sessions across the country to better understand the successes and challenges of those fighting HIV at the local and State level. In the face of a disease that extends far beyond our borders, the United States remains committed to leading the world in the fight against HIV/ AIDS and ensuring no one is left behind. Hundreds of thousands of adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV every year, and we are working to reach and assist them and every community in need. As part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, over 7 million people with HIV around the globe are receiving antiretroviral treatment, a fourfold increase since the start of my Administration. In countries throughout VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 02, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\03DED2.SGM 03DED2 71954 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 232 / Wednesday, December 3, 2014 / Presidential Documents the world, our initiatives are improving the lives of women and girls, accelerating life-saving treatment for children, and supporting healthy, robust communities. As a Nation, we have made an unwavering commitment to bend the curve of the HIV epidemic, and the progress we have seen is the result of countless people who have shared their stories, lent their strength, and led the fight to spare others the anguish of this disease. Today, we remember all those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS, and we recognize those who agitated and organized in their memory. On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to continuing our work until we reach the day we know is possible— when no child has to know the pain of HIV/AIDS and no life is limited by this virus. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2014, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. [FR Doc. 2014–28560 Filed 12–2–14; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 02, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\03DED2.SGM 03DED2 OB#1.EPS</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D2 Billing code 3295–F5

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                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 232 / Wednesday, December 3, 2014 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9216 of December 3, 2014

                
World AIDS Day, 2014

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In communities across our Nation and around the world, 
                we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight 
                against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we 
                knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living 
                with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity 
                and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were 
                reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women 
                have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we 
                have transformed what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. 
                More effective prevention, treatment, and care now save 
                millions of lives while awareness has soared and 
                research has surged. This World AIDS Day, we come 
                together to honor all those who have been touched by 
                HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and 
                scientific advances that have brought us closer to our 
                goal of an AIDS-free generation.

                Since I took office, more people who are infected with 
                HIV have learned of their status, allowing them to 
                access the essential care that can improve their 
                health, extend their lives, and prevent transmission of 
                the virus to others. My Administration has made strides 
                to limit new infections and reduce HIV-related 
                disparities and health inequalities, and we have nearly 
                eliminated the waiting list for the AIDS Drug 
                Assistance Program. For many, with testing and access 
                to the right treatment, a disease that was once a death 
                sentence now offers a good chance for a healthy and 
                productive life.

                Despite these gains, too many with HIV/AIDS, especially 
                young Americans, still do not know they are infected; 
                too many communities, including gay and bisexual men, 
                African Americans, and Hispanics remain 
                disproportionately impacted; and too many individuals 
                continue to bear the burden of discrimination and 
                stigma. There is more work to do, and my Administration 
                remains steadfast in our commitment to defeating this 
                disease. Guided by our National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we 
                are working to build a society where every person has 
                access to life-extending care, regardless of who they 
                are or whom they love. The Affordable Care Act 
                prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage due 
                to a pre-existing condition, such as HIV/AIDS, and 
                requires that most health plans cover HIV screenings 
                without copays for everyone ages 15 to 65 and others at 
                increased risk. We have expanded opportunities for 
                groundbreaking research, and we continue to invest in 
                innovation to develop a vaccine and find a cure. And 
                this summer, my Administration held a series of 
                listening sessions across the country to better 
                understand the successes and challenges of those 
                fighting HIV at the local and State level.

                In the face of a disease that extends far beyond our 
                borders, the United States remains committed to leading 
                the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS and ensuring no 
                one is left behind. Hundreds of thousands of adolescent 
                girls and young women are infected with HIV every year, 
                and we are working to reach and assist them and every 
                community in need. As part of the President's Emergency 
                Plan for AIDS Relief, over 7 million people with HIV 
                around the globe are receiving antiretroviral 
                treatment, a four-fold increase since the start of my 
                Administration. In countries throughout

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                the world, our initiatives are improving the lives of 
                women and girls, accelerating life-saving treatment for 
                children, and supporting healthy, robust communities.

                As a Nation, we have made an unwavering commitment to 
                bend the curve of the HIV epidemic, and the progress we 
                have seen is the result of countless people who have 
                shared their stories, lent their strength, and led the 
                fight to spare others the anguish of this disease. 
                Today, we remember all those who lost their battle with 
                HIV/AIDS, and we recognize those who agitated and 
                organized in their memory. On this day, let us 
                rededicate ourselves to continuing our work until we 
                reach the day we know is possible--when no child has to 
                know the pain of HIV/AIDS and no life is limited by 
                this virus.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2014, as 
                World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and 
                the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other 
                territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United 
                States, and the American people to join me in 
                appropriate activities to remember those who have lost 
                their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort 
                to those living with this disease.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                ninth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2014-28560
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