President Obama on World AIDS Day: 'We are going to win this fight'
In a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University, President Obama adds, "Make no mistake, we are going to win this fight." He also announced $50 million more to fight HIV and AIDS while looking to help six million people get treatment by Dec. 2013. The target had been four million.
Since AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, the disease has claimed more than 30 million lives. Obama noted that while the rate of new infections is declining in other parts of the world, it is not in the U.S. where 1.2 million people are living with the disease.
"The infection rate here has been holding steady for over a decade," he says. "There are communities in this country being devastated still by this disease. When new infections among young, black, gay men increase by nearly fifty percent in three years, we need to do more to show them that their lives matter."
World AIDS Day was first thought of in 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter of the World Health Organization.