U.S. Adds $150 Million to Fight AIDS, Targets Stigma

Hillary Clinton told an international AIDS conference that the U.S. is committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation.

Posted: 07/24/2012 08:44 AM EDT
AIDS, HIV

(Photo:  AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is adding an extra $150 million to the global AIDS fight, with a first step toward reaching some stigmatized populations.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an international AIDS conference Monday that the U.S. is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation.

That's a big goal since some 34.2 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and 2.5 million were infected last year. But the world's largest AIDS meeting this week is debating how to spread scientific advances in ways to stem spread of the virus.

Key is targeting those tools where they can have the greatest effect. That means a focus on populations at especially high risk: gay and bisexual men, sex workers and injecting drug users.


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