Leaders from thirty-five LGBT and HIV/AIDS groups on Tuesday signed on to a letter pledging their commitment to continue the fight against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The letter reads in part: “Over the last 30 years, the [LGBT] community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. … In the decades since our movement has seen incredible victories. … Unfortunately, our community hasn't maintained the same momentum in our fight against HIV. … Each day, more than 80 gay and bisexual men become infected with HIV in the United States. … Despite these alarming statistics, which have galvanized our community in the past, the HIV epidemic has seemed to fall by the way side. Many in our community have simply stopped talking about the issue. This must change.”

The letter was released as the annual Gay Pride season kicks off. A video featuring some of the leaders pledging their support was also released. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

“We are at an important crossroad in our fight against HIV,” National Minority AIDS Council Executive Director Paul Kawata said in a statement. “The evidence behind treatment as prevention, and expansions in health care coverage that will accompany implementation of the Affordable Care Act, have provided a unique opportunity to end this epidemic, which has ravaged our community for more than three decades. But this will not happen without the full engagement of those most impacted by the disease, and no community has been more heavily affected than the LGBT community.”