Global AIDS Risks Rebounding If Current Momentum To End Epidemic Not Accelerated
The Hill: Global AIDS report showed risks of abandoning progress
Kenneth Mayer, physician and director of prevention research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, medical research director at the Fenway Institute, and co-chair of the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy
“…The [Lancet report on the global AIDS epidemic] emphasized that without an acceleration of the current momentum to treat and prevent more infections, instead of beating the disease, we will see it rebound. … Congress has another chance to respond to the [HIV/AIDS] epidemic and to the information in The Lancet ‘Defeating AIDS, advancing global health’ report this week, when the Senate considers its annual funding bill for global health responses. President Obama, in turn also has a chance to help them by setting long overdue targets for accelerated HIV prevention and treatment efforts during the coming year. With that continued momentum, we can edge closer to the day when funding for HIV research can be cut, because it is no longer needed” (7/8).