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DignityUSA Statement on World AIDS Day 2009

DignityUSA once again joins with individuals and organizations across the globe to mark World AIDS Day. Today, we recall the 24 million individuals throughout the world whose lives have been cut short by this disease, and we reflect on the people left behind--orphaned children, beloved partners, bereft parents, siblings, family and friends. We renew our commitment to advocate for equal access to effective health care and medications for the 33 million people living with HIV infection. We urge people to take advantage of confidential testing and counseling, and to take responsibility to contain the spread of the HIV virus. We support President's Obama's work to end travel restrictions for people with HIV.

As Catholics, we are deeply concerned about the impact that Pope Benedict XVI's words have on millions of people. Despite decades of scientific research, his refusal to acknowledge the efficacy of condoms in the fight against HIV means that many people are unnecessarily infected. We strongly urge the Pope and other Catholic officials to reconsider their position in light of science's findings, and to become leaders in preventing further human tragedy.

Our prayers are with all affected by HIV/AIDS in any way. 

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