We are excited and encouraged that a United States official of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s stature and record of commitment to human rights and welfare is leading the way on a blueprint to end the AIDS epidemic.
Her pledge to commit the funding she announced to find ways to address obstacles between services and the people who need them most—men who have sex with men, people who use injected drugs, and people involved in sex work, and to encourage our partners to reach out to them, demonstrates the Secretary’s understanding of what needs to be done.
We also recognize that a plan to see these goals through to success can’t be effected without sustainable and adequate resources, and we hope that a comprehensive and detailed accounting of the funding needed will be addressed in the plan.
We look forward to seeing a plan grounded in a platform of human rights, empowerment of women, girls and all others threatened by discriminatory laws and neglect, and with implementation of the most effective interventions science offers, to ensure universal access to treatment for all who need it, and to prevent further spread of HIV.
We are hopeful that this announcement today sends a signal to funders, other donor nations and affected countries that commitments and concrete plans to change the trajectory of the epidemic once and for all are urgently needed.
The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is the professional home for more than 5,000 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice. More information at: www.hivma.org.
The Center for Global Health Policy, established by the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Education & Research Foundation in 2008, supports and promotes U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis around the world. The Center provides scientific and policy information to U.S. policymakers, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the news media, linking decision‐makers to the latest evidence‐based input and guidance from physician/scientists and other professionals from both developing and developed countries. More information at: www.idsaglobalhealth.org.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is an organization of physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals dedicated to promoting health through excellence in infectious diseases research, education, prevention, and patient care. The Society, which has nearly 10,000 members, was founded in 1963 and is based in Arlington, VA. More information at: www.idsociety.org.
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