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Achieving AIDS-Free Generation Ambitious But Possible

Devex: Eliminating AIDS by 2030: End the epidemic in children, adolescents, and young women
Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

“…[T]argets are only a part of what is required if we want to realize the promise of the first AIDS-free generation by 2020. Here’s what we need to do to get there. 1. Keep up the pressure to eliminate new HIV infections in children worldwide. … 2. Help children with HIV get treatment faster. … 3. Let teens tell us how to treat teens. … 4. Let data lead the way. … The world is within reach of an achievement unique in the history of this epidemic — the end of AIDS for an entire generation. … The boldness and determination reflected in last week’s international commitments, declarations, and targets articulated in Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free and other documents provide ample fuel for the next phase of this journey. But if urgent action on global and national scales does not follow, this historic milestone will stay just beyond our grasp. Is what we are asking ambitious? By necessity, yes. But it is also possible, and that alone makes it worthwhile” (6/13).