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US Unveils Plans to Eradicate HIV/AIDS

Nov 29, 2012
Hilary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a blueprint Thursday that she says will lead to an AIDS-free generation.

The plan created by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) outlines specific steps the United States will take to work toward eradicating the disease globally.

Clinton's vision is to create a generation of children born without HIV, even if their parents carry the virus, with prevention and treatment readily available to everyone.

The blueprint outlines five goals including providing antiretroviral treatment globally and focusing on research.

Clinton emphasized the importance of eradicating stigmas and targeting high-risk populations that are usually hard to reach, such as sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.

Clinton said it's one thing to have a plan, but it's also important to implement it promptly. "I'm relentlessly focused on delivering results," she said, "so that people don't lose heart."

According to Clinton, the plan relies on methods that have already produced visible results. In the prevention field, the number of new infections in countries in sub-Saharan Africa has dropped by half this year due to reliable, evidence-based processes.

African Union Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was present at the event, thanked Clinton for her efforts and urged continued cooperation "for the best of humanity."

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, praised Clinton's focus on eradicating HIV through promoting human rights and fighting violence against women.

"The strength of this blueprint is that it restores the sense of hope to people," Sidibe said. "This blueprint is timely, topical and catalytic."

PEPFAR created the plan in response to Clinton's 2011 call to draft a global plan that can eradicate AIDS.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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