From the White House comes this picture of the president’s abode being adorned in the red AIDS ribbon for World AIDS Day.
President Obama released a statement about the annual event, saying, “Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility… Working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius‘ also struck an optimistic tone: “When the first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988, we could not
imagine the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For those diagnosed with HIV
infection, the future was bleak. This year, the picture is very
She went on: “This year, the picture is very different. Scientific advances in
understanding HIV, and an increasing number of treatment options, are
turning the tide for millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
and around the world. We are greatly encouraged by evidence that new
HIV infections have declined by 50 percent or more in 25 low and middle