2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORTING RESOURCES TO FIGHT AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD

†††† WHEREAS, in December 2003, UNAIDS reported that in 2003 HIV/AIDS killed more than 3 million and infected an estimated 5 million people worldwide, bringing the number of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world to 40 million; and

†††† WHEREAS, the global impact of HIV/AIDS is far more devastating than ever imagined, decreasing life expectancy, increasing child mortality, orphaning millions, wiping out development gains, and threatening to undermine national security in highly-affected societies; and

†††† WHEREAS, in the United States, though there have been recent declines in AIDS-related deaths as a result of the widespread use of HIV medications, the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains an enormous health emergency ó at the end of 2002, 384,906 people were known to be living with AIDS in the U.S. and its territories and more than 40,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV each year; and

†††† WHEREAS, 83 percent of persons with AIDS in the United States live in our cities and rely on public health care and social service systems for care and treatment, making funding for prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and supportive services critical investments in our health care system; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Ryan White CARE Act, the nationís largest discretionary investment in the care of people with HIV/AIDS, has dramatically improved the quality of life of people living with HIV-disease and their families, reduced use of costly inpatient care, and increased access to care for low-income, under-served populations, including people of color; and

†††† WHEREAS, in order to reduce new infections, ensure quality health care, and prolong the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS, it is essential that sufficient resources continue to be allocated to cities through the Ryan White CARE Act (including Title I) and other key HIV/AIDS programs to address new challenges in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and maintain existing continuum of life-saving care and prevention services,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors urges the Administration and Congress to increase funding for critical domestic HIV/AIDS programs by allocating an additional $574.34 million to the Ryan White CARE Act, including $86.96 million for Title I, $319.07 million for Title II AIDS Drug Assistance Program, and $27.3 million for Title III; an additional $206.7 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative; an additional $367.1 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for domestic prevention programs; an additional $2.8 billion for research to the National Institutes of Health; and an additional $55.2 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors commends the Administration for its commitment to combat HIV/AIDS abroad and urges the allocation of additional resources to stem the spread of this global pandemic.