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GHI Builds on PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs

August 3, 2010

A VOA News editorial by the U.S. government reflects on last month's International AIDS Conference -- AIDS 2010, including key advancements such as the vaginal microbicide gel found to offer women some protection against HIV infection as well discussions about funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS and how the "criminalization of drug abuse and persecution of homosexuals" in the world is compromising efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. According to the editorial, the U.S. "is the largest contributor to global AIDS programs through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. And through the Global Health Initiative, which builds on PEPFAR, the United States is investing $63 billion over 6 years to help partner countries improve the health of their people through strengthened health systems."

"The Global Health Initiative has set clear goals" on HIV prevention and treatment, President Barack Obama said during a video message at AIDS 2010. "We're going to double the number of babies born HIV-free, and work to prevent more than 12 million new infections. We'll provide direct support to more than 4 million people on treatment. And we'll help more than 12 million people -- including 5 million children and orphans -- get the care they need," Obama said (8/2).

Obama's videotaped message is available here as part of Kaiser's online coverage of AIDS 2010.

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