CAPAC Members Observe National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19, 2022

Washington, D.C.Today is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed annually on May 19th to break the silence and end the stigma around HIV and AIDS in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. To commemorate the day, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

“Over the years, the AAPI community — and our nation — has banded together to better understand and fight the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. However, there is still much work to be done, and in recognition of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we honor the lives lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and strengthen our commitment to fighting this debilitating disease. As we continue to shine a light on the impact HIV/AIDS has on AAPI communities, we must continue fighting to dismantle the barriers many in our community face in accessing health care, particularly preventive care. I stand firmly with my CAPAC colleagues in calling for more robust research, treatment options, testing, and education for HIV/AIDS.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice-Chair:

“On National Asian Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we recognize the stigma many in the AAPI community with HIV/AIDS face every day. We cannot leave those in our own communities — or in any community — behind while they struggle with an ailment that affects many others across our country. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am committed to fighting for the highest level of funding for the Center for Disease Control to fund critical research and innovative programs that would benefit those living with HIV/AIDS. So, on this day and every day, let’s use our voices to break the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and commit to ending the health disparities that prevent access to treatment.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“Today, on National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we honor all the lives lost due to HIV/AIDS and recommit to fighting the stigma associated with this disease within Asian and Pacific Islander communities. This day serves as a strong reminder that the fight against HIV/AIDS must include everybody, no matter their race, background, language, or identity. Together, we can raise awareness and encourage increased HIV testing, education, prevention, and treatment.”

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10):

“National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a stark reminder that HIV/AIDS can impact all Americans, especially within underrepresented communities. To stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, we must break down stigmas, uplift minority communities, and promote testing, prevention, and treatment to ensure we can beat HIV/AIDS.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“While we have made tremendous progress in our fight against HIV and AIDS, we do not yet have a cure and both illnesses continue to have a disproportionate impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Much of this disparity is attributable to the barriers the AAPI community faces when accessing health care, as well as the pervasive stigma surrounding these diseases that prevents individuals from seeking treatment. Today, on National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we recommit ourselves to combatting stigma and increasing access to care for all communities — when we reduce stigma and promote prevention, testing, and treatment, we can help put an end to HIV and AIDS.”

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