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Commemorating World AIDS Day

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keywords: Women's Health, AIDS, US Foreign Policy

Today is World AIDS Day - a good time to remember that AIDS continues to ravage much of the world and that women are disproportionately affected as response to this pandemic flounders.

AIDS Around the World

AIDS activists worldwide are struggling to ensure that their communities have access to effective education about prevention and to affordable treatment. They are working to end stigma that continues to thwart efforts to face this pandemic. They are advocating on local, national and international levels to change AIDS policy for the better. Today is also a day to recognize these efforts.

AIDS and US Foreign Policy

As a senator, Barack Obama had a good track record of funding prevention and treatment, and as a presidential candidate he promised the U.S. would be a world leader in the AIDS fight and would commit $50 billion by 2013.

But in Obama's first appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010, he kept funding at essentially the same level as 2009.

The WHO recently released new recommendations, including earlier introduction and more prolonged use of antiretroviral therapy and advising women living with HIV and taking antiretroviral therapy drugs to breastfeed their children for 12 months. But these recommendations mean little without resources in the hands of people who need them.



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