US President Barack Obama is tackling HIV/AIDS with America’s first ever national strategy in place. Obama plans to reduce the number of infections, increase access of care for those with HIV and reduce HIV related health disparities.
There are currently 1.1 million Americans living with HIV and 56, 000 become infected every year.
More than 600, 000 Americans have died due to HIV.
“We are here because we believe in an America where those living with HIV/AIDS are not viewed with suspicion but treated with respect, where they are provided the medications and the healthcare they need,” said Obama.
“The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare.
”Those who are infected, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic level, will get unfettered access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination, ” said Obama.
The strategy will see 100 specific directives to federal agencies to develop standards for prevention programs.
Australia’s Surveillance Report of 2009 found that an estimated 17,444 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Australia in 2008.
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