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What has the President done about AIDS?


Uploaded by aidshealth on Jul 7, 2011

After two-and-a-half years in office, President Obama has little to show on AIDS domestically or globally. Under Obama, US AIDS programs have been starved.

Today, more than 8,600 Americans in thirteen states are on waiting lists, denied lifesaving AIDS drugs from hard-hit state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). Additional thousands are being disenrolled entirely as states change their patient eligibility criteria.

As wait lists grew to the highest numbers ever seen, Obama squandered fifteen months drafting a national AIDS strategy instead of addressing the crisis at hand. And by not honoring the US' commitment to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Obama also slowed remarkable progress made on global AIDS. All this at a time of the greatest hope on AIDS: new studies show that AIDS treatment can reduce the transmission of new HIV infections by 96%.

When campaigning for President, then-Senator Obama promised to "provide at least $50 billion by 2013 for the global fight against HIV/AIDS . . . in order to at least double the number of HIV-positive people on treatment and continue to provide treatments to one- third of all those who desperately need them."

As President, Obama has not honored that promise, refusing to fully-fund PEPFAR, the landmark U.S. global AIDS funding bill created by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Not only is Obama's failure to lead on AIDS threatening the lives of thousands of Americans and countless others worldwide, it also hurts efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Now, what will the President do on AIDS?

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