Sen. Lugar Suggesting $30 Billion to Fight HIV/AIDS
August 7, 2007
Sen. Dick Lugar has introduced legislation to reauthorize and double the initial commitment of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, which is set to expire in 2008. The bill, the HIV/AIDS Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2007, seeks to commit $30 billion for global AIDS efforts for fiscal years 2009 through 2013.
As chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2003, Lugar championed the PEPFAR initiative. At that time, just 50,000 patients in sub-Saharan Africa were receiving antiretroviral treatment.
"Since the initial legislation was passed in 2003, the United States has reached more than 42 million people with prevention programs and is supporting treatment for approximately 561,000 men, women and children in 15 of the most-affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean," said Lugar. "The US is also providing services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and assistance to some of the millions of orphans this disease has created."
"The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues, yet there is a change led by the American people that is providing hope and touching millions of lives through comprehensive programs of prevention, treatment and care in partnership with host nations," said Lugar.
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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.