In the United States, approximately 56,000 people become infected with HIV each year, and more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV. To combat this growing epidemic, the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and accompanying NHAS Federal Implementation Plan.
The new strategy, the White House says, is designed to reduce the amount of HIV and AID cases, as well as provide funding for medical care for those already afflicted with the disease.
Since the inception of the AIDS virus some 30 years ago, today's estimates show that every nine (9) seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with AIDS, despite prevention awareness and advances in HIV/AIDS medication.
In the announcement in the White House's Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebilius and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes outlined the new strategy that the administration says is three-fold will: 1) focus on prevention, 2) treatment, and 3) reducing health disparities where the need is greatest.
HousingWorks CEO, Charles King (center). Photo/CD Brown.
"I am astonished that, after 15 months of intensive study by his administration, the President believes that the U.S. is only capable of reducing annual HIV infections by 25 percent", said King. "Would President Obama suggest that we only clean up 25 percent of the Gulf oil spill? Never."
King says the U.S. has the tools to prevent the virus dramatically with more resources. "This report does a disservice to America's young people and people of color, who are most at risk."
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