White House Issues World AIDS Day Proclamation

President Obama tonight issued his annual World AIDS Day proclamation. It reads:

More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by it faced fear and stigmatization. We have made extraordinary progress in the fight against HIV since that time, but much work remains to be done. On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the triumphs earned through the efforts of scores of advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk for or living with HIV, and rededicate our talents and efforts to achieving our goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Today, more people are receiving life-saving treatment for HIV than ever before, and millions of HIV infections have been prevented. Still, more than 36 million people around the world live with HIV — including nearly 3 million children. My Administration is committed to ending the spread of HIV and improving the lives of all who live with it. In the United States, the Affordable Care Act has allowed more people to access coverage for preventive services like HIV testing, and new health plans are now required to offer HIV screening with no cost sharing. Insurance companies can no longer discriminate against individuals living with HIV/AIDS or any other pre-existing condition. Additionally, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act, which established the Ryan White Program — a program that helps provide needed care to the most vulnerable individuals and touches over half of all people living with HIV in America.

To further our fight to end the HIV epidemic, my Administration released our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010. The Strategy provided a clear framework for changing the way we talk about HIV, and it offered a critical roadmap that prioritizes our Nation’s response to this epidemic and organizes the ways we deliver HIV services. Earlier this year, I signed an Executive Order to update the Strategy through 2020, focusing on expanding HIV testing and care, widening support for those living with HIV to stay in comprehensive care, promoting universal viral suppression among individuals infected with HIV, and increasing access to preventive measures, including pre-exposure prophylaxis for people at substantial risk of acquiring HIV.

Additionally, the primary aims of the Strategy include reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities, because HIV still affects specific populations disproportionately across our country. Certain individuals — including gay and bisexual men, Black women and men, Latinos and Latinas, people who inject drugs, transgender women, young people, and people in the Southern United States — are at greater risk for HIV, and we must target our efforts to reduce HIV-related health disparities and focus increased attention on highly vulnerable populations. My most recent Federal budget proposal includes more than $31 billion in funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, care, prevention, and research. We are also making great progress toward achieving a greater viral suppression rate among those diagnosed with HIV, and in the last 5 years, we have made critical funding increases to ensure more Americans have access to life-saving treatment.

We cannot achieve an AIDS-free generation without addressing the pervasive presence of HIV throughout the world, which is why our Nation is committed to achieving the goals laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reach more people living with HIV, promote global health, and end the AIDS epidemic. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has helped save lives across the globe and has made significant impacts on the number of new HIV infections by strengthening international partnerships and expanding essential services for preventing and treating HIV. This year, I announced new targets for PEPFAR that aim to provide almost 13 million people with life-saving treatment by the end of 2017. The United States is also committing resources to support PEPFAR’s work to achieve a 40 percent decrease in HIV incidence among young women and girls in the most vulnerable areas of sub-Saharan Africa. This is a shared responsibility, and America will remain a leader in the effort to end HIV/AIDS while continuing to work with the international community to address this challenge and secure a healthier future for all people.

Working with private industry, faith communities, philanthropic organizations, the scientific and medical communities, networks of people living with HIV and affected populations, and governments worldwide, we can accomplish our goals of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care, improving health outcomes for patients, reducing HIV-related disparities, and building a cohesive, coordinated response to HIV. On this day, let us pay tribute to those whom HIV/AIDS took from us too soon, and let us recognize those who continue to fight for a world free from AIDS. Let us also recognize researchers, providers, and advocates, who work each day on behalf of people living with HIV, and in honor of the precious lives we have lost to HIV. Together, we can forge a future in which no person — here in America or anywhere in our world — knows the pain or stigma caused by HIV/AIDS.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2015, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.

  • MDB

    Thank You. Mr. President.

    Let us NEVER FORGET our loved ones and friends lost too soon and those today
    at-risk, or newly-diagnosed,who need our guidance and support.

    http://www.clackmannankirk.org.uk/wpimages/wp550edded_05_06.jpg

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      I had to look up your picture of a church lit up in red.
      I see it is from a parish that commemorates Dec 1 World Aids Day.

      Each December 1st we colour our floodlights red to mark World Aids Day. Photograph courtesy of Duncan Brember

      Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland:
      http://www.clackmannankirk.org.uk/worship.html

      Thank you, MDB.

  • This is such a far cry from presidential reactions at the beginning of this plague. It’s reassuring to hear the whole thing spoken/written of in rational and reasonable tone instead of the silence or even whispers and judgementalism of Reagan’s time.

    Related: Heard an interesting show on NPR yesterday evening about HIV and it’s beginning. According to the person being interviewed the virus crossed from simians to humans sometime very early in the 20th Century (year he posited was 1908).

    I’ll check for a link.

    • MDB

      A good read is : Tinderbox by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin.
      http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jtB8tqqZL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    • Silver Badger

      I will always believe that AIDS was a gift of George Bush, Sr. Back then I remember volunteering for the second wave of Hepatitis vaccine trials and being told I had already had the disease so the vaccine was unnecessary. Funny thing is, 10 years later, my doctor told me that I was a good candidate for the approved vaccine as tests showed I had never had any form of Hepatitis. I showed a good immune response to both Hepatitis A & B within weeks and was told I would never have to worry about A or B.

      • Octavio

        Exact same thing happened to me. Hmmmmmmm. . . .

  • another_steve

    Yet another reason it’s essential that a Democrat be elected President come next November.

    Can you imagine the level of attention that any of the Republican monsters running for President would give to HIV/AIDS prevention and research?

    • Helen Damnation

      Sugar, the bigger impact would be having to accept two (2) right-wang justices on the SCOTUS. That big of a majority would have a major impact on everyone.

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    • Todd20036

      I’m sure President Romney would have made the same proclamation.

      /snark

      • David Walker

        There weren’t enough jellybeans in the jar…figuratively as well as literally.

        • Octavio

          I hated the sight of jelly beans in the ’80s.

      • JT

        He would have recommended sending gay people to another planet.

    • Robincho

      How long into the epidemic was it, again, before St. Ronnie could even bring himself to allow the acronym to pass across his brilliant thespian vocal cords?…

  • EdmondWherever

    Gonna miss him…

    • Blake Jordan

      Just imagine how much more good he could of accomplished, if the rethuglicans of congres were not opposed to him since before he was even elected in 2008.

      • Todd20036

        If that were the case, this country would have 2 thinking political parties, and I would not be so scared of a GOP President.

  • Silver Badger

    He only has to sit out one term before running again. Could he be Hillary’s vice President?

    • johncAtl

      Nope. To be VP you have to be eligible to become president and he’s not. And he can’t sit out one term and then run again. He’s used his two terms up.

      • Silver Badger

        I thought so. Too bad. Oh well only four more years until we can have four more years! (If he were fool enough to run and his wife would let him! )

        • Austin Bennett

          A person can serve as POTUS for 2 terms. That’s it. He can’t sit out a term. He can’t wait ten years. He can’t be VP.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Well, he’s gonna install himself as God Emperor any day now so none of that matters.. /s

            🙂

          • Sam_Handwich
          • I pretty fucking annoyed that Paul Ryan thinks he has a beard.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Marcus Bachmann’s “beard” is much denser.

          • TampaDink

            This comment deserves a medal of honor!

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            {Blushes and wags dino tail.}

          • billbear1961

            The Handwich/Jalapeño/Oikos triumvirate comes to power and the Age of the Second Enlightenment dawns!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVcZaolzwkU

            (Oikos tells me he isn’t a candidate, but there’s nothing to stop you and JB from appointing him to rule with you, Mr. Handwich!)

          • clay

            Seems much more like Trump’s than Clinton’s style.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FPrJxTvgdQ

          • TampaDink

            I’ve missed a memo or have forgotten…but will that be the same day that he (finally) confiscates everyone’s guns, criminalizes xtianity, and requires all Americans to enter into same sex marriages?

          • Todd20036

            But he can be the First Gentleman

          • Steve Teeter

            He has said he’d be happy with First Laddie.

        • Hue-Man

          Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

          Can you imagine the confirmation hearings!

  • FancyThat

    Maybe we can keep President Obama’s legacy alive for another 16 years with Hillary in ’16 and Michelle in ’24. I’ll say it first —-> I’m ready for Michelle!!!!! Barack & Michelle — such a phenomenal pair of human beings! I’m just ashamed at how the obstructionists have tried to thwart his every move, and challenge his every word. Now, more the ever, this country — this planet… need more persons to carry his torch. 🙂

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Cue the usual suspects claiming it’s a Gay Muslim plot or some such nonsense.

    Bravo to you Mr. President.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    OT
    PP Christian terrorist Robert Dear previously charged with rape.
    Married three times.
    Link: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20151130/PC16/151139933

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      From the link: “The suspect [Dear] then allegedly put a knife to the victim’s neck and forced her back inside her residence,” the report states. “The suspect then allegedly forced the victim down into the couch, struck her in the mouth with his fist, and then sexually assaulted her.”
      “The woman reported to police that the sexual assault continued on the floor near a coffee table before Dear dragged her to a bedroom and continued the assault on a bed.”
      “After Dear left her house, the woman called a friend and was taken to a hospital.”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        “His second wife, Mescher, described Dear in divorce papers filed in 1993 as a controlling, abusive, womanizing man who liked to gamble but was tight with his cash when it came to supporting his family. She stated that he threw her around the room by her hair during one argument and beat her head on the floor. She also said in a sworn affidavit that Dear “erupts into fury in a matter of seconds,” and she “lived in fear and dread of his emotional and physical abuse.”

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          “He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the Bible in his actions,” Mescher stated in the affidavit. “He says that as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end.”

          • David Walker

            Quelle surprise. I think he should be husband #5 for Miss Kim. It may be a prison wedding, but I think it’s Jeebus-approved. She’s been forgiven forever, and apparently he’s going to heaven because he believes. I can’t roll my eyes on that one…they’d get stuck.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            No surprise at all. I think we all knew this kind of dirt was waiting to be uncovered. Reading the article at that link on his life, so much sounded like Kim Davis it was an overwhelming deja vu.

          • billbear1961

            THESE are the “real Americans” represented by–and egged on by–today’s GANGSTER Republican Party!

            THIS is the vicious FASCISM that hopes to gain FULL control of this country in next year’s elections so they can take us into a new DARK AGES of two-faced religious fanaticism, totally dominated by “lawmakers” and corrupt “justices” who will GUT the Constitution and abandon us to the fanatics’ barbaric abuse and savage CRUELTY, with no escape, nowhere left to turn for help!

            Will “journalists” finally WAKE UP and do their JOBS?! Will they FINALLY hold these monsters accountable?! Will they finally EXPOSE the evil LIARS on the right–like Fiorina, Cruz and Huckabee–for what they ARE before it’s TOO LATE, before their INSANE rhetoric, their HATE propaganda, leads to MORE right-wing terrorism, to the DEATHS of more and MORE innocent victims?!

            If not, they will continue to SHARE in the GUILT of these extremist politicians who have BLOOD on their hands, the guilt of the GOP, America’s new Fascist Party, and of the homegrown TERRORISTS they are unleashing on their own country!!

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Married three different people and claims to be a christian, is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the bible.

            … Could this be Kim Davis in male drag?

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            That is exactly what Ted Cruz has been saying.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Well… Cruz went a step further. He said the shooter’s a trans librul.

    • Ninja0980

      Jeebus probably forgave him for everything so no big deal.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    An articulate and compassionate statement.

    A far cry from what we would have seen from the Dubya White House.

    • Bradford Kelly

      Can you even imagine Trump contemplating this?

      • clay

        But then, can you even imagine Trump contemplating anything?

        He has people for that.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Ha!

    • clay

      He did increase funding, but mostly over-seas and not in support of the most effective means.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        I remember that. One of the few positive things from the Dubya era… but indeed, it was targeted for abroad, with too religious an angle. But still.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Some good news and just in time for World AIDS Day.
    The biggest prescription drug manager in the US announced today if will cover the one dollar alternative for Daraprim, after the scum-sucking weaselpecker CEO of Turing renigs on reducing his unconscionable 5000% price increase.
    Story on Bloomberg Business
    Sucks to be Shrekli

    • billbear1961

      And the Shkreli VAMPIRE is furious!

      A little bonus, dino, sweetie!

      🙂

    • Shy Guy

      And the vultures are already trying to spread FUD about the $1 alternative:
      It also raised safety concerns about the compounded product.

      “Patients and physicians are likely to assume the compounded product is as safe and effective as the FDA-approved drugs pyrimethamine and leucovorin, even though its safety and efficacy profile is unknown,” Eliseo Salinas, president of research and development for Turing, said in the statement.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-01/express-scripts-to-cover-1-alternative-to-750-pill-daraprim

      It’s the same stuff. You get the same fear-mongering about importing Canadian drugs at 1% of the US price. “Oh no, you can’t guarantee the safety of those!”, as if Canada were some unregulated third world Somalia-clone.

  • billbear1961

    Where the civilized exponents of the Enlightenment are in charge, anything is possible, and there is HOPE.

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    https://youtu.be/ZbsTPsIx_D0?t=30s

    (This is the first movement of BWV 1064, and not 1063.)

    • Colonel Panic.

      Ahh, thank you. There’s nothing like a bit of Bach to remind me of what humanity can be capable of

      • billbear1961

        It is one of the main reasons I post it, yes!

  • Porkie

    Remember: Ten thousand people had already died before Reagan said the word AIDS in public.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed, the bigots claim we aren’t being thrown off buildings or executed like in the Middle East but in the 80’s, it was made clear by “Christians” what they would like to do us by the fact they did nothing.
      And that is to kill us all.

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