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AIDS-Free World Possible With Effective Treatment, Prevention Tools, Addressing Needs Of Transgender Community

STAT News: An AIDS-free world is possible, but do we have the will to achieve it?
Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, and Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy at the Department of State

“…Together, HIV treatment and other proven prevention interventions provide a powerful toolbox for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. … We have come a long way since we first confronted AIDS in 1981. Science has created effective tools that have saved millions of lives. However, we need to apply these tools with intelligence and alacrity to end the epidemic. We must ensure that HIV services reach the most vulnerable populations. Everyone — from governments and communities to philanthropists and the private sector — must play a part. We have the extraordinary opportunity to usher in the first AIDS-free generation in more than 35 years. The only question is: Do we have the will to do it?” (6/6).

Huffington Post: Why Focusing on Transgender Health Is Essential to an AIDS-Free World
Doug Wirth, president and CEO of Amida Care

“…We can’t end the AIDS epidemic without addressing the needs of the transgender community — needs that have been largely overlooked for too long. Health care is a right, not a privilege. As one of the groups most deeply affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the transgender community must become a main focus of our efforts to create an AIDS-free world. We can and we must do a better job of reaching this underserved community and help them access the comprehensive care they need. … The vitality of life on the planet must become grounded in social and economic justice for all” (6/3).

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