A report from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief calls for continued and increased funding to eradicate HIV/AIDS.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just released a road map that would lead the globe toward an AIDS-free generation.
The report, released Thursday from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), details the benefits of keeping up with current spending for HIV/AIDS programs and the progress that can come if investments increase.
According to USA Today, about 34 million people live with HIV around the world, with 2.5 million infected last year. African-Americans are severely affected by the disease and out of the 1.1 million living with the disease in the U.S., approximately 510,000 of them are Black.
The Associated Press writes:
"In an ambitious road map for slashing the global spread of AIDS, the Obama administration says treating people sooner and more rapid expansion of other proven tools could help even the hardest-hit countries begin turning the tide of the epidemic over the next three to five years.
'An AIDS-free generation is not just a rallying cry — it is a goal that is within our reach,' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in the report. Clinton had ordered the blueprint for what the U.S. and other countries should do to slow the spread of AIDS.
President Obama echoed Clinton's promise.
'We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end,' Obama said in a proclamation to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday."
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