A Message from Cristina Peña Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Ambassador
I recently participated in a community discussion about HIV/AIDS hosted by the White House in San Francisco, California. Local residents attended to make their voices heard on the rising U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic and the development of the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
I was born HIV-positive and contracted the virus from my mother at birth. When I was born there were no medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, today, medicines exist that effectively reduce transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies.
Yet children are still born HIV-positive. This is simply unacceptable.
On behalf of children living with HIV, I urged senior White House officials to make women and children with HIV/AIDS a priority in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
You too can make your voice heard. Please post this on your Facebook wall and tell your friends and family to get involved by joining the Foundation’s cause on Facebook (http://www.causes.com/hivfree). You can also donate to help support the Foundation’s lifesaving programs around the world, or join the Foundation’s Fan Page and help spread the word about the Foundation’s great work.
You can also learn more about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on the Office of National AIDS Policy homepage: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap.
Only if we address the needs of women and children, can we create a generation free of HIV.
Thank you so much for your help!