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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Obama promises $50 million more for AIDS
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Obama promises $50 million more for AIDS

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Speaking at a World AIDS Day (December 1) event at George Washington University, President Obama committed $50 million of new funding for HIV/AIDS clinics and drug assistance programs.

Obama also pledged to increase access to antiretrovirals in the hardest-hit countries by the end of 2013.

'Today is a remarkable day,' Obama said in his speech. 'Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths, and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic - once and for all.'

Noting that studies show that the number of new HIV infections is declining in many countries, Obama admitted that new infection rates in the United States are not encouraging.

'The rate of new infections may be going down elsewhere, but it's not going down here in America,' he said.

'The infection rate here has been holding steady for over a decade. There are communities in this country being devastated still by this disease. When new infections among young, black, Gay men increase by nearly 50% in three years, we need to do more to show them that their lives matter. When Latinos are dying sooner than other groups, when black women feel forgotten even though they account for most of the new cases among women, we need to do more,' he said.

'This fight isn't over. Not for the 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV right now. Not for the Americans who are infected every day. This fight isn't over for them. It isn't over for their families. It isn't over for anyone in this room. And it certainly isn't over for your president,' Obama declared.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also participated in the World AIDS Day event via satellite.

Bush said World Aids Day was a time to 'celebrate success,' but added that much more needed to be done.

In 2003, then-President Bush launched PEPFAR - a $15 billion plan for AIDS relief - and in 2008 Congress tripled the budget to $48 billion over five years.

Clinton said that he was also concerned about rising infection rates in the U.S.

'I am very worried that the death rate is going to go up in America simply because of the budgetary constraints on the states,' he said. In part to offset declining state budgets, President Obama announced a realignment of existing federal funding to provide an additional $50 million to combat HIV/AIDS. He also set a new goal to help six million people get on antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2013, two million more than the original target.

The U.S.-based funding will include $35 million for state medication programs targeting people living with HIV/AIDS. According to the Obama administration, more than 6,500 Americans are on waiting lists for medication.

The rest of the domestic funds - $15 million - will go to HIV/AIDS medical clinics, especially to areas where infections have increased and treatment is not readily available.

International initiatives backed by the U.S. plan to bring antiretroviral drugs to 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent them from passing the virus to their children, and to distribute more than one billion condoms in the developing world.

Also included is funding for 4.7 million voluntary male circumcisions in eastern and southern Africa, which research has shown reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission by more than 60%. The total number of people worldwide with HIV has more than tripled over the last 20 years from 10 million to 33 million. Infection rates have declined internationally but have held steady in the U.S. Some 1.2 million Americans are HIV-positive.

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