Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas World AIDS Day has been observed annually since 1988 to raise awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), to advocate for critical research, prevention and care services, to combat stigma, and to remember those who have been lost to this disease; and

Whereas There are an estimated 33.4 million people globally, 1.1 million nationally and 27,000 residents of the Commonwealth living with HIV/AIDS; and

Whereas In Massachusetts, seventy-five percent of recently diagnosed HIV infections were among adolescent males compared to fifty percent of males over the age of 25; and

Whereas Recent advances in the science of HIV care and prevention have led to the prospect of a future world without AIDS; and  

Whereas Targeted investment in care and prevention services for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS has resulted in a more than 50% decrease in new HIV infections in Massachusetts over the last 10 years; and

Whereas Many organizations, institutions, and individuals, throughout the Commonwealth work tirelessly to build and maintain a strong, effective infrastructure of HIV prevention and care services to reach and serve vulnerable populations; and

Whereas It is appropriate that the citizens of the Commonwealth recognize World AIDS Day as an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary advancements that have been made and recognize the magnitude of the work yet to be done in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and

Whereas December 1st has been designated by the United Nations as World AIDS Day, with the theme of ‘Getting to Zero’ for the years 2011-2015,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2013,  to be

WORLD AIDS DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of November, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
               
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth 
     

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts