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World AIDS Day: activists and HIV-positive children and adults mark December 1

HIV/AIDS cure getting little publicity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Efforts of the Obama administration to address HIV/AIDS are the focus of remarks in Washington by officials Monday, the eve of World AIDS Day, officials said.
The event by the officials was to be delivered live and online at, the White House said.

Participants include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Ambassador and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric P. Goosby, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement.

World AIDS Day, observed Dec. 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, the virus that causes AIDS.

12/1/09: World AIDS Day: AIDS faces funding drop

With funding an issue it seems as if a new approach to these troublesome health issues would be welcome.  There are natural treatment approaches for HIV/AIDS, drug resistan TB and Malaria. 

Try thinking outside the box for a while, it might do so much more than keep research-that-goes-nowhere going.

CONGERS, N.Y., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- On World AIDS Day Tuesday, a day devoted to raising awareness, U.S. researchers point out the world could face a funding shortfall for treatment.

The policy journal Health Affairs devoted much of its November/December edition to the cost and demand challenges of HIV/AIDS. Over the next several years, the world could face a funding shortfall that would prevent millions more with human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS from gaining access to antiretroviral drugs, the journal said.
However,over the long-term, the world could also take critical steps to slash the global burden of HIV-AIDS -- and the costs of battling the pandemic -- by half.
During the past six years, the world has poured $52 billion into fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic and more than 4 million people with the disease worldwide are being treated. But the rapid growth in AIDS treatment has not kept pace with the rate of new infections.

A total of 11 million people are sick enough that they should be on anti-AIDS treatment, but aren't, and with an estimated 33 million infected, the number needing treatment will only grow in the years ahead, academic journal Health Affairs said.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria needs $3 billion to help run the programs it currently funds. Over the next year, however, the organization will be another $2 billion short of its goal for funding new programs.

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