US President Barack Obama has released his World AIDS Day message, renewing his commitment to ending the pandemic once and for all and releasing new data on treatment and prevention targets.
Obamas said his administration was implementing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy and concentrating our efforts in communities where HIV rates are highest, including among gay men, Latinos, and African Americans.
“We have made great strides in combating this disease, and an AIDS-free generation is within sight,” he said.
“Today, I am pleased my Administration will make public new data that demonstrates we are on track to meet the ambitious treatment and prevention targets I announced on World AIDS Day a year ago.
“As of today, we are treating over 5 million people with lifesaving medicines for AIDS, up from 1.7 million in 2008, and, as I pledged last year, we are on track to treat 6 million people by the end of 2013.”
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a blueprint on achieving an AIDS-free generation, which aims to see virtually no babies born with HIV by 2015.