Rep. Lee Asks Obama To Take Leadership Role In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

According to the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for “his leadership in launching a renewed global effort to end the AIDS pandemic on World AIDS Day, December 1.” The letter asked the president to consider several international and domestic initiatives, including treating six million people with HIV/AIDS by 2013 through PEPFAR, the blog notes. “Mr. President, with the return of the International AIDS Conference to the United States in July 2012, you have an opportunity to transform the international response to this devastating epidemic, and making the end of AIDS the legacy of our generation,” Lee wrote, according to the blog (Mazzotta, 10/14).