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Gates Urges More Tools, Vaccine to End AIDS

July 25, 2012

Speaking Monday as part of a panel on improving the efficiency of AIDS funding, Microsoft's Bill Gates told the 19th International AIDS Conference that treatment alone cannot end the epidemic. Gates said more prevention tools and a vaccine are needed, because no amount of money will be adequate to treat everyone infected. "It is clear that even if you take the most efficient way of doing this work -- the number of people who will eventually need to be on treatment, the amount of money we have is not enough to treat those people. The world will make a decision how much those lives matter. And we are in a period of incredible uncertainty right now. Just the uncertainty alone creates a certain instability." Gates' Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $2.5 billion in HIV-related grants to organizations around the world, as well as more than $1.4 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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