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Gov. Gregoire’s statement recognizing 2008 World AIDS day

For Immediate Release: December 1, 2008

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today released the following statement recognizing 2008 World AIDS day:

“I am pleased to recognize World AIDS day and want to thank the people who diligently work every day in the promise of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. World AIDS day serves both as a reminder of the great accomplishments scientists and communities are making in combating HIV/AIDS, and also as a call to action because there is much needed work yet to be done.

“Since the beginning of the epidemic, 16,710 people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Washington state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 700 Washington residents are newly infected with HIV every year.

“In Washington, we are working together with partners in the private sector and with outstanding non-profit organizations to ensure equal access to critical HIV/AIDS services to anyone in need. In recognition of World AIDS Day, we strengthen our resolve to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Washington and around the world.