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Release Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:12 AM
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U.S. Congress Commends Howard University for Promoting HIV/AIDS Awareness

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2014) – The Howard University College of Medicine has been recently recognized in a congressional resolution for its joint efforts with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) in supporting the annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day on July 21, 2014.

Congresswoman Waters introduced a resolution, H.Res. 362, in honor of the annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day, and 24 members of Congress cosponsored her resolution.  The resolution urges physicians, nurses, dentists and other clinicians nationwide to become actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, treatment, and referral services.  It also urges individuals to get tested for HIV and educate themselves about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. 

“We are very pleased that United States Congress believes that HIV/AIDS testing and awareness carries national significance,” said Goulda A. Downer, Ph.D., RD, LN, CNS, Howard University College of Medicine assistant professor. “Howard has been leading the fight for innovative approaches that ensure that we have a culturally-competent and clinically-credentialed workforce to manage HIV in all communities.”

The Howard University College of Medicine has taken the lead in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic by continuing to strengthen the HIV/AIDS clinical workforce in America, an effort that lends support to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy released by President Barack Obama in 2010.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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