Hilary Clinton has just now set the focus for AIDS for the U.S. on a global scale on treatment.
We are now emphasizing HIV fighting drugs, and the hope is to have an "AIDS free generation!"
Here's what she said:
"Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority for the United States government — until today. This goal would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. While the finish line is not yet in sight, we know we can get there because now we know the route we need to take. If we take a comprehensive view of our approach to the pandemic, treatment doesn't take away from prevention. It adds to it," she said. "So let's end the old debate over treatment versus prevention and embrace treatment as prevention.
"In 2004, the cost to PEPFAR for providing ARVs and services to one patient averaged nearly $1,100 a year; today, it's $335 and falling," Clinton said, referring to anti-retroviral drugs. "Continuing to drive down these costs is a challenge for all of us."
Sounds great to us.
As long as people out there are being safe and being saved, we couldn't care less if it was due to treatment or education! A mix of both would be super, though!
Get'em, Hilary! Ha
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