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Artists urge US Congress to fix PEPFAR.



39 celebrity activists and Artists for a New South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa.  issued a letter to members of Congress, urging them to improve the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) is a commitment of $15 billion over five years (2003–2008) from United States President George W. Bush to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.  (PEPFAR PEPFAR President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ). PEPFAR currently restricts 1/3 of US global HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States.  prevention funds to abstinence-until-marriage programmes that are proven ineffective and fail to address the specific risk factors unique to women and girls.

"Already 20 million members of our human family have died of AIDS," the artists stated. "By empowering the most vulnerable populations with scientifically-based prevention methods, millions of lives can be saved."

The Protection Against Transmission of HIV for Women and Youth (PATHWAY) Act in the House and the Senate's HIV Prevention Act would strike the abstinence-until-marriage spending requirement on PEPFAR. Additionally, the PATHWAY Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California's 9th congressional district (map) and is the first woman to represent that district. , requires the President to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy to address the vulnerabilities of women and girls.

Source: Artists for a New South Africa and CHANGE
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Title Annotation:NEWS CLIPPINGS; President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Artists for a New South Africa
Publication:Sister Namibia
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Date:Dec 1, 2007
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