15
Dec
09

Vermont CARES acknowledged by Burlington City Council Resolution

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Burlington City Council passed a resolution last night urging increased public awareness of HIV and AIDS, and acknowledging the work of Vermont CARES. 

The resolution was proposed by Council Members Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Marrisa Caldwell, and Clarence Davis; it passed by a unanimous vote after thoughtful reflections.  Vermont CARES is honored for this recognition of more than 20 years working to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Vermont. 

Full text of the resolution will be posted seperately on this blog. 

Vermont CARES’ Executive Director, Peter Jacobsen, said, “This resolution marks the work of Vermont CARES in our efforts to reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, and communities around our state.  We have been working with Burlington and other towns for over two decades and we are committed to continuing that work until HIV is managed and treated by communities like any other disease: without blame, stigma, inequality, and discrimination.  We are so honored that the Burlington City Council acknowledged our work through this resolution, and we are grateful that the Council joins us in urging more public awareness of HIV and increased HIV testing.  The 56,000 new HIV infections cited in this resolution, in the U.S. alone, are 100% preventable, and we are proud to partner with Burlington to stop the spread of the virus.”

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