By Patricia Kisare
Despite bipartisan support in Congress for global HIV/AIDS programs, current budget constraints have meant that U.S. funding remains flat and is in danger of being cut significantly. Significant investments by the U.S. and other countries have greatly increased how many HIV-positive individuals receive treatment, but another 7 million are still waiting to receive antiretroviral medicines which are proven to reduce the chance of transmission by 96 percent.
In 2012 we worked with policymakers to ensure that the U.S. maintains its financial support for HIV/AIDS care and treatment. In November Secretary Hillary Clinton unveiled a blueprint for an “AIDS-free generation,” a goal that many organizations including the MCC Washington Office support. While the blueprint lacks specific targets or a schedule for achieving this goal, it reinforces the U.S. commitment to ending this epidemic. This year we will be pressing the administration to ensure that the blueprint has specific targets and adequate resources.