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Hillary Clinton looks to an AIDS free generation

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8203 (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8203
  1. Edward Davies
  1. 1New York

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed her “blueprint” to wipe out HIV and “get ahead of the pandemic.”

Launching her report on 29 November for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), she said that she believed that by improving treatment and prevention she had the plan to usher in an “AIDS free generation.”1

Clinton said in the report, “An AIDS-free generation is not just a rallying cry—it is a goal that is within our reach.

“I want the next Congress, the next Secretary of State, and all of our partners here at home and around the world to understand everything we’ve learned and to have a road map for how the United States will contribute to an AIDS-free generation.”

She also urged other countries to take more action, saying that “creating an AIDS-free generation is too big a task for one government or one country.

“We call on partner countries, other donor nations, civil society, faith based organizations, the private sector, foundations, multilateral institutions, and people living with HIV to join us as we each do our part.”

The report for PEPFAR outlines how progress could continue at current spending levels or how, if other donors or hard hit countries themselves could step up investment, faster progress would be possible.

It outlines the four key areas for saving lives as:

  • Working toward the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive

  • Increasing coverage of antiretrovirals to reduce AIDS related mortality and to enhance HIV prevention

  • Increasing circumcision among men, to help prevent infection, and

  • Increasing access to and uptake of HIV testing and counseling and use of condoms and other evidence based, appropriately targeted prevention interventions.

The report has been greeted enthusiastically across the scientific community.

Chris Collins, of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, said, “The blueprint lays out the stark choices we have: to stick with the baseline and see an epidemic flatline or grow, or to ramp up to continue progress.”

“For us working in the field this is great news,” Michael Saag of the HIV Medicine Association told NBC News.

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Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8203

Footnotes

  • bmj.com News: Childhood HIV is in danger of becoming a neglected disease, say experts (BMJ 2012;345:e8213, doi:10.1136/bmj.e8213)

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