AIDS United Applauds President’s Boost of Funds for U.S. HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs

Washington, D.C. December 1, 2011 – at a Washington, D.C. event commemorating World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama announced $50 million dollars for life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment and care programs in the United States.  

Thirty-five million dollars will be directed to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which helps people living with HIV/AIDS get their medicine.  Currently there are more than 6,500 people with HIV/AIDS who are on waiting lists for medication.

The remaining funds will go to HIV-specializing medical clinics around the country to help get people living with HIV/AIDS into care and support services. 

In addition, the United States will seek to get antiretroviral medication to 2 million more people around the world by the end of 2013, and  to 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women  to prevent transmission of the virus to their newborn infants.

“Once again, President Obama has demonstrated his profound commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and around the world,” said AIDS United President and CEO Mark Ishaug.  “These newly-allocated funds will help thousands of Americans living with HIV/AIDS get the life-saving medications they need, and help thousands more access critical care and treatment programs in the U.S. communities that are hardest hit by the epidemic.

“AIDS United knows well that successfully treating HIV goes well beyond the ARV drugs. Success is achieved when people living with HIV/AIDS have access to HIV-specializing medical providers and quality health care services that meet their unique needs.  Success is achieved when people on treatment have suppressed viral loads that make them less likely to transmit the virus to others, as well as protecting their own health. ”

Ishaug stated that President Obama’s announcement today to direct additional funds to these critical U.S. programs strengthens AIDS United’s work to increase access to HIV/AIDS care, and propels the organization forward in its mission to end AIDS in the United States.

“We are truly at the beginning of the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Ishaug.  “These additional dollars allocated by the President are a call to action that we all – public sector, private sector, and individuals -- must continue to make significant investments in programs that work, like our drug assistance programs and our HIV clinics.  AIDS United has and will continue to mobilize our public and private sector partners to strengthen and expand our efforts to reach the end of HIV/AIDS in America.”