Clinton Reveals Plan On Combating AIDS
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Thursday, during a ceremony in recognition of World AIDS Day, the new plan to fight AIDS on a global level. She described her “blueprint” as a gathering of global efforts that will focus on improving treatment and prevention practices in order to “get ahead of the pandemic”.
The plan, officially titled as the “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation”, was supported by Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Some of the points addressed by Clinton during her discourse were: reducing transmission rates, increasing access to medical treatment for those who already have the virus, but also the problem of gender inequities that makes women and girls more prone to contacting the virus.
There has been a lot of improvement in the last years concerning AIDS statistics with AIDS relating deaths dropping more than 25% and new HIV infections halved in 25 countries. However, it seems that in United States another problem needs urgent solving as more than half of those with AIDS don’t know that they are infected. The “blueprint” for AIDS relief plans on introducing AIDS awareness programs to support newly infected people and easily prevent new cases.