Adequate Funding Will Be Critical in Achieving Goal of an AIDS-Free Generation
With the release of the U.S. blueprint to create an AIDS-free generation, the Obama administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator have confirmed their commitment to apply science and principles of human rights to their fight against the global HIV epidemic. As HIV clinicians and researchers, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy believe the result of that commitment can be a lasting triumph over the longest and most costly epidemic in human history.
With its promise to continue the accelerated pace of providing life-saving treatment and prevention services, to bring evidence-based interventions to the most vulnerable, including those who have been largely left behind, the blueprint will support science with strategy. In the direction it provides to build a shared and sustained response to HIV, tuberculosis, and to the conditions in which preventable deadly diseases have thrived, the creation of the Blueprint is a landmark moment in the three decades of this epidemic. Like the United States National HIV/AIDS Strategy released last year, this blueprint also serves as a record of intention to complete this fight.
“We are especially encouraged that the blueprint provides concrete numbers in affected countries to illustrate the work that must be done to reach a tipping point, when the numbers of people becoming infected with HIV are surpassed by the numbers receiving life-saving medicine,” said Kenneth Mayer, MD, co-chair of the Center for Global Health Policy’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
With the support of adequate funding, this plan has the potential to turn the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic among children, men who have sex with men, people making their livings through commercial sex, and those who use injecting drugs, while continuing effective efforts that have shown results.
“Achieving an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp,” said HIVMA Chair Michael Horberg, MD, MAS. “While we celebrate this plan and what it can accomplish, we now look to Congress to ensure that it is executed, with critical funding for the work ahead and for continued research to carry the fight forward.”
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.
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