Funding, Political Will Critical To Reaching AIDS-Free Generation
CNN: The end of the AIDS epidemic is (almost) in reach
Elizabeth Radin, technical director for the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment Program at ICAP at Columbia University
“…While an end to the [HIV/AIDS] epidemic is coming into view, the battle is not yet won, and near victory could turn to renewed tragedy. … In order to expand treatment to nearly 37 million people living with HIV and reduce new infections to zero, we need to increase financial support and intensify programming. … Continued U.S. commitment to the AIDS response is critical for multiple reasons. With the U.S. contributing [nearly] eight times as much as the second leading donor, the United Kingdom, even a small percentage change in U.S. support would be deeply felt. Additionally, if the U.S. were to decrease funding significantly for the AIDS response, other countries may follow suit in a domino effect that could lead to a deadly resurgence of HIV around the world. Already, analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that eight of the 14 countries that provide international funding for AIDS decreased their support last year…” (7/26).