Sign On: Treatment Prevents Transmission -- Obama, Stand Up for Treatment Expansion Worldwide
October 7, 2011
Have you heard the biggest news in ages? Science shows that there is a 96% reduction in risk of HIV transmission if people have access to AIDS drugs.
We've been saying for years that treatment -- as a key component of comprehensive care -- is among the best tools out there for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
A few months ago, U.S.-funded scientists proved we were right. Thanks to the HPTN 052 study, they found out that AIDS treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 96%.
Click here to urge the President to put the promise of this study into practice in the U.S. and worldwide.
Unfortunately, the U.S. administration has actually been putting less funding directly into global AIDS treatment for the last few years, and is adding people to treatment only through "cost savings." And domestic programs are on the chopping block of deficit reduction -- even though treating HIV prevents future costs.
The science is clear -- but we are still waiting for White House leadership, and facing mounting challenges to domestic treatment expansion.
So the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and our friends at SisterLove are supporting Health GAP, who put together a website that makes the choice clearer for the President: he can continue on the sidelines of the global AIDS fight, or he could step forward and commit to getting millions more people on treatment by 2013 -- and stand firm on what we need in the United States.
Just a few weeks ago at the PEPFAR scientific advisory board meeting, advocates got see some of the newest modeling that shows that getting people on ARVs halts deaths and new infections -- and saves money in the long run. Not a bad bang for the buck, by any means, and something that we should be proud to support.
We have the tools the end the AIDS pandemic. But what we lack is political leadership.
President Obama, despite his promises, has been missing on the global scene, and is under attack for the domestic strategies that could help here at home.
Please add your name to our petition and check out our website! The White House is making decisions right now, so sign today.
It's time for the President to step up and do what's right: treat the people to end the pandemic, and stand firm on expanding care and treatment in the United States.
Thank you for continuing to fight with us for life-saving treatment for everyone worldwide.
This article was provided by HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. Visit HIV Prevention Justice Alliance's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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