Obama champions new targets for treating and preventing HIV and AIDS

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7896
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The US president, Barack Obama, has announced new expanded targets for the country’s programme for combating HIV and AIDS around the world, by promising to support more than six million people on antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2013, two million more than previously planned.

Speaking to mark world AIDS day on 1 December at George Washington University, Washington, DC, President Obama said that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would also, over the next two years, provide antiretrovirals to 1.5 million HIV positive women, support more than 4.7 million voluntary male circumcisions in eastern and southern Africa, and distribute more than a billion condoms.


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