NMA endorses Waters’ Resolution in Honor of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing & Awareness Day
Friday, July 24, 2020
The National Medical Association (NMA) endorses Congresswoman Waters’ Resolution in Honor of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day
For Immediate Release:
The National Medical Association (NMA) formally endorses the Resolution presented to the House of Representatives, July 21, 2020 by Rep. Maxine Waters referenced below. We recognize July 21 of each year as National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day (NCHATAD) and ascribe to the need to help build HIV testing and treatment capacity among clinicians. This effort is in furtherance of the goal of ending the HIV epidemic. Heretofore, accepting the baton from Howard University College of Medicine the NMA will lead the effort to champion July 21st and continue to ensure that it is acknowledged annually.
Congresswoman Waters Introduces Resolution in Honor of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chair of the Financial Service Committee and a leading advocate in Congress for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives yesterday in honor of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day, which is celebrated every year on July 21st. The resolution is cosponsored by 19 Members of Congress.
“I am proud to have supported National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day since its founding in 2008,” said Congresswoman Waters. “This important day is an opportunity to highlight the critical role that doctors, nurses, dentists, and other clinicians play in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, and treatment efforts. It is also an opportunity to encourage clinicians to promote HIV testing among their patients.”
The Resolution urges physicians, nurses, dentists, and other clinicians nationwide to become actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, treatment, and referral services. It also urges individuals to get tested for HIV and educate themselves about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
“More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today, and about 14 percent do not know they are infected. By encouraging their patients to be tested for HIV, doctors and nurses can enable infected individuals to access appropriate medical care and begin taking action to avoid spreading the virus to others,” said Congresswoman Waters.
Congresswoman Waters is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She is continuing her efforts to expand the Minority AIDS Initiative, which she established as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1998. This leadership activity continues with the above sponsored Resolution.
The NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United State and iss the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine.