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Floor Statement on World AIDS Day

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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2011

Every 9 minutes and 30 seconds someone is infected with HIV in the U.S. Today, 34 million people worldwide live with HIV, and of those infected, sixty percent do not know they are HIV positive. These staggering facts demand that we strengthen our efforts to prevent the spread of this life-threatening disease.

Tomorrow, December 1st, we will recognize World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to take action and invigorate the global movement to ultimately halt the spread of HIV and AIDS. Emphasizing the importance of ending this three decade fight, this year's World AIDS Day theme is "Getting to Zero". Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.

In observance, starting at midnight, I will hold a 24-hour "tweet-blast," where every hour I tweet facts about HIV/AIDS and ways everyone can get involved to help end this disease. I invite all of you to join me in the conversation on Twitter at Rep Karen Bass.

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