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Lawmakers, Activists Pressure Obama to Act on HIV/AIDS, USA Today Reports

December 2, 2013

"President Obama is facing renewed pressure from U.S. lawmakers and activists to take legacy-setting action to combat HIV/AIDS," USA Today reports, noting recent actions by members of Congress and AIDS activists in the U.S. and abroad urging Obama to scale up the number of people receiving treatment under PEPFAR and "to agree to pledge up to $5 billion to the Global Fund over the next three years." According to the newspaper, "Activists are also pushing Obama to quickly name a replacement for Ambassador Eric Goosby, who until last month served as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator tasked with directing the U.S. strategy for addressing HIV around the world." The article includes comments from Gayle Smith, the senior director for development and democracy at the White House National Security Council; Tom Myers, general counsel for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; and Paul Zeitz, vice president of policy for the Endgame Campaign, a group working to eradicate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (Madhani, 11/30).

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