Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
December 1, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of World AIDS Day: 

“Each year on this day, we remember those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and honor the courage of those living with the disease.  It is in no small part because of patient advocacy that we have come so far in our understanding of HIV/AIDS and in combatting stigmas surrounding it.  Today we celebrate the legacies of those who, particularly in the face of homophobia and racism in the 1980’s and 1990’s, shared their diagnosis openly in order to combat these stigmas and urge the medical community to speed development of research and treatments.  For decades, progress in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic was delayed by discrimination – and this day serves as a reminder that the fight for equality is not over until all Americans have the ability to seek and obtain high-quality and affordable health care, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or race.

“While significant strides have been made to extend the lives of HIV/AIDS patients in recent decades, we cannot rest until we find a cure for this disease.  I applaud the doctors and researchers who continue to dedicated their careers to understanding HIV/AIDS and striving for a cure, and I thank President Biden for announcing today new resources toward the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by the end of this decade.  Today we reaffirm our commitment to this work and to supporting Americans and others around the world living with this disease.  For them, and for the legacy of those who broke down stigmas and challenged discrimination before them, we rededicate ourselves to this critical effort as we remember those lost and salute those who persevere.”