76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC

WHEREAS, AIDS cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. dependencies, possessions,and associated nations; and

WHEREAS, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million three hundred thousand people are living with HIV/AIDS in the US today; and

WHEREAS, ten states account for more than 70 percent of the cumulative AIDS cases reported in the US since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic; and

WHEREAS, AIDS cases have been concentrated primarily in large US metropolitan areas and the top ten metropolitan areas account for more than 52 percent of the cumulative AIDS cases; and

WHEREAS, approximately 250,000 of the infections are undiagnosed, meaning that many infected people are unaware of the HIV serostatus; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one half of all new HIV infections come from HIV positive persons who do not know their status; and

WHEREAS, the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have a disproportionate impact on diverse populations and communities;and

WHEREAS, racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and represented the majority of new AIDS cases(70%), people living with AIDS (64%) and AIDS deaths (72%) in 2006; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made recommendations to encourage routine screening for HIV,removal of barriers to expand HIV testing and to allow for flexibility in the requirement(s) for pre-test counseling,thereby making HIV testing more accessible and facilitating utilization of new HIV screening technologies including rapid HIV tests; and

WHEREAS, advances in HIV/AIDS treatment have substantially reduced AIDS-related morbidity and mortality; and

WHEREAS, a variety of federally and state-supported prevention and care services are provided by state and local health departments, community and faith-based organizations; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors commits to working with their member Mayors to address the HIV epidemic within their respective jurisdictions by raising awareness about HIV; by encouraging people to: become aware of their HIV status; seek on-going medical care and services if they are HIV positive; participate in HIV prevention education services if HIV negative; and routinize screening for HIV in all medical and community health care settings; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages all Mayors to utilize all resources to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in their respective jurisdictions.