Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Young is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), as well as an expert and editorial contributor to TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
With decades of commitment and support from the U.S. government, we've made incredible progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. HIV treatment simply works: It prevents death, disease and new infections. With access to these treatments, we're now in a position to end the AIDS epidemic here in the U.S. and around the world.
Doing so will require a continued commitment to the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Ryan White Care Act and the State Department's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [PEPFAR] program; doing so will also require that we recognize the myriad facilitators and barriers to health care: access to health insurance, stigma and discrimination and the criminalization of populations affected by the virus.
Because of bipartisan support for HIV research and treatment, the U.S. government and the American people should feel proud of their central contribution to saving the lives of tens of millions of people. With continued U.S. government support, we can end the epidemic, and I implore you to reaffirm our nation's commitment.
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