Obama Launches Initiative Aimed at Curing HIV

Today, the Obama administration announced that it is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at curing HIV.

The initiative is aimed at developing new therapies. “The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely,” President Obama said.

The president was less specific about support for programs aimed at treating and preventing HIV/AIDS globally. The U.S. will give as much as $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next two years, matching every $2 raised from other sources with $1 of government giving, according to the president.

The $100 million in funding over the next three years for the HIV Cure Initiative will be reprioritized, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House.

For more, see the story in Politico here.

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