FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 1, 2017
On World AIDS Day Nathan Fletcher Calls On County To Make Good On Commitment To Zero New HIV Cases In San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Today on World AIDS Day, Democratic Candidate for County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is calling on the County to fulfill their pledge to get to zero new HIV/AIDS cases in San Diego. The current programs the County has in place are simply not enough to help the thousands of San Diegans living with an HIV/AIDS related illness.
As Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher has committed to bring focus and funding to the goal of zero new HIV cases locally. If the County is serious about achieving the goal of zero new cases then they need to expand access to life-saving HIV prevention drugs like PrEP, implement an effective needle exchange program to help stop the spread of the virus, and take full advantage of federal funding for HIV/AIDS like the Ryan White Specialty Pools.
Nathan Fletcher said: “as the lead public health agency responsible for the health of all San Diegans, the County must step up, put aside political indifference, and take steps that will benefit San Diegans, not leave them at greater risk. There is more that can be done to help those in our community that are suffering from HIV/AIDS related illnesses. It is the County’s job to make sure that they have access to every resource available for treatment.”
In tandem with today’s call on the county, the Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor Campaign is proud to announce the endorsement of noted HIV Specialist and Community Leader, Dr. Joel Trambley.
Dr. Joel Trambley said: "Nathan Fletcher understands the steps that need to be taken in order to get San Diego to zero new cases of HIV/AIDS. As federal funding for healthcare continues to be cut, I know that Nathan Fletcher will fight to protect and take advantage of all healthcare resources available to San Diegans, especially those living with HIV/AIDS."
***TO SCHEDULE INTERVIEWS: Nathan Fletcher is available for media interviews today, December 1, from 12 pm-2 pm. To schedule an interview please call Josh Kellems at 619-865-6583.
Every Year on December 1st, people around the world unite to fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV, and commemorate those who have passed due to an AIDS related illness.
Nathan Fletcher is a Marine Corps combat veteran, former California State Assemblymember and a Professor of Practice at UCSD. In the State Assembly, Fletcher passed more than 30 laws to expand healthcare coverage, protect homeowners during the foreclosure crisis and strengthen penalties for violent crimes against children. Since leaving the Assembly, Fletcher founded a veterans’ advocacy foundation to help eliminate the stigma surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress and joined the teaching faculty at UCSD. Fletcher lives in City Heights with his wife, Lorena, and their four children.