The Center for Global Health Policy and HIVMA joined 50 global health, human rights, and religious organizations in an April letter (PDF) calling on President Barack Obama to attend the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on AIDS in early June in New York City. At the meeting, UN member states are expected to adopt a new declaration reiterating current commitments and agreeing to additional actions to combat global HIV/AIDS. The letter also encourages the president and his fellow U.S. delegates to echo important messages aimed at achieving the following outcomes:
- ensuring HIV treatment for 13 million people globally, with the U.S. raising its commitment to treat 6 million people globally by 2013
- reducing the sexual transmission of HIV by 50 percent, including among key populations; eliminating all new infections associated with drug use; and scaling up evidence-based prevention in the highest burden countries
- eliminating HIV transmission from mother-to-child through a bold U.S. pledge to ensure interventions for women to prevent vertical transmission
- reducing tuberculosis (TB) deaths in people living with HIV by 50 percent, ensuring access to TB screening, preventive therapy and treatment, and antiretroviral therapy for all HIV-infected individuals suffering or at risk of TB
The recommendations reiterate many of the global AIDS targets in a recent report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For more information about the report, visit the Center’s blog, Science Speaks.
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