Ambitious plan to stop global spread of AIDS unveiled
NEW YORK (KGO) -- Ahead of World AIDS day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled an ambitious new White House plan for finally halting the global spread of AIDS.
At the State Department Thursday morning, she said the plan's focus is on early intervention, with far wider access to the best drugs available.
Clinton said it is part of a U.S. commitment that includes a 200 percent increase in spending on AIDS vaccine research since 2008. She says an AIDS-free generation is a goal within reach, noting, "We can reach a point where virtually no children are born with the virus and as these teenagers become children and adults they are at a far lower risk of becoming infected than they are today."
AIDS-related deaths have dropped more than 25 percent over the last six years, but an estimated 34 million people worldwide are HIV positive, with two and a half million new cases reported last year.
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