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Obama Announces $100 Million Initiative to Build Off Successes and Achieve HIV Cure: VIDEOS

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President Obama held a World AIDS Day event at the White House today at which he announced a $100 million initiative to develop a cure for HIV, the Washington Blade reports:

“The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries in how to put HIV into long-term remission without requiting live-long therapies, or better yet, eliminate it completely,” Obama said.

In a fact sheet published after the event, the White House clarified the $100 million would be distributed over the course of three years and would catalyze further research for new therapies to improve outcomes for people with HIV.

Rowena Johnston, amfAR’s vice president and director of research, said in a statement after the event the administration’s efforts to find a cure for HIV would build off previous successes in the past year.

“This year, we saw a series of breakthroughs in HIV cure research that have brought us more clarity than we’ve ever had on the precise steps and tools needed to finally end AIDS,” Johnston said. “We cannot achieve the President’s goal of an AIDS-free generation without continued investment in the research necessary to ultimately help us find a cure for this disease.”

More at The Blade...

Obama also said he plans to sign into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, which extends the Bush-era President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to confront HIV/AIDS overseas. And added that wait lists for federal drugs for HIV/AIDS had been eliminated as part of a $35 million initiative implemented two years ago.

Watch full remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This will save lives. The contrast between him and the GOP is so self-evident now that people can't even bring themselves to acknowledge they're living in the same century.

    This will also fry the Tea Baggers noodles. They they AIDS is a judgement rather than a virus.

    Posted by: sundaybot | Dec 2, 2013 8:58:25 PM


  2. Wow... this amazing!

    Posted by: gabriel | Dec 2, 2013 9:57:27 PM


  3. I hope similar efforts are done for Alzheimer's.

    Posted by: marco | Dec 2, 2013 10:25:00 PM


  4. There is a whole generation coming with little appreciation of the magnitude of the Epidemic, or as Larry Kramer called it, the Plague.

    We owe it to the voices of those who died to see an end to this virus which has twisted our humanity destroyed the young and shredded our relationships and our love.

    I'm glad to read of this initiative and compare it with the reactions of Reagan and Bush I.......who advocated abstinence.

    A new plague must be avoided.......we should be there by now.....and a new generation shouldn't have to endure the degradation of their hopes and dreams and loves as we did.
    "Je me souviens."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 2, 2013 10:26:22 PM


  5. Lots of money and lots of good will in an attempt to control the HIV/Aids epidemic. This is at the same time major Gay Porn Studios like Sean Cody, Corbin Fisher, Bel Ami and some of the other classier and until recent times more responsible Studios are in a stampede to produce more and more BB sex videos. They show beautiful muscular young men engaging in BB anal sex. These videos desensitize some young people, in particular, to the true ugliness of HIV infection. If you want proof that the behavior of beautiful people influences the behavior of many of us mere mortals, just look at the world of advertising. We gay people who care about the current generation of young gay men have an obligation to contact those studios and call a halt to this dangerous behavior. Apparently BB sex sells better than Condom use sex. So a boycott of the Studios turning to BB sex might turn the tide in favor of far less risky condom sex.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 2, 2013 10:28:27 PM


  6. $100 million is not a large amount in terms of federal spending. So its a nice gesture more than anything.

    That said its probably 100 million times more than the GOP held house would ever offer.

    Posted by: robroy | Dec 3, 2013 12:36:42 AM


  7. I think it is fair to say most gay men love porn

    And it is astounding to me how bareback gay orn has taken over the industry

    I know most gay film companies at least try to limit HIV negative men to engaging in bareback sex with other HIV negative men

    But the films themselves depict casual sexual encounters that make bareback sex seem like the only option

    It is no surprise that bareback dating sites like barebackrt.com are taking over the online gay dating world

    Posted by: AmericanDreamer | Dec 3, 2013 1:00:23 AM


  8. Hey Andy.

    I just wanted to update you on a situation you reported on back in April 2013. The gay University of Houston-Downtown student targeted because of his HIV status is now vice president of UHD's SGA. Yesterday a world AIDS day/anti-stigma rally was held on campus.

    http://outsmartmagazine.com/2013/12/university-consortium-commemorate/

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 3, 2013 4:50:24 AM


  9. Let's put this in perspective. $100 million over three years is $33.3 million per year. For fiscal year 2013, the Department of Defense budget is $525.4 billion. That works out to be $59.9 million per hour. (Budget figures were taken from the White House website.)

    I'm not saying that funding the Department of Defense isn't important. But, they spend more in an hour than HIV/AIDs researchers receive in a year under this program.

    For comparison: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) doesn't do much better. Their 2013 budget is $4.8 billion. It takes Defense 80 hours to spend the equivalent. (Budget figures were taken from the NCI website.)

    Can you imagine what researchers could do if they were properly funded?

    Posted by: alex | Dec 3, 2013 5:07:26 AM


  10. Not to mention that low-life Bush #2 signed PEPFAR into law, and it provided $15 billion over 5 years. So yes, $100 million over 3 years is paltry. (And yes, I know that PEPFAR wasn't solely focused on a cure.)

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 3, 2013 9:30:15 AM


  11. You know the President can't spend a dime unless its authorized by Congress or he spends it from pots of money already given to him by Congress. Thus, the President isn't making a value judgement when he commits $100M vs. $1B, he's not making a symbolic move. He is spending what he can either get through a GOP House (not much) or has cobbled together from other budgets already authorized. The amount is hardly the measure of his commitment, its the fact he made it a priority at all.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Dec 3, 2013 9:55:08 AM


  12. I agree that the sum is paltry.......especially considering that it takes $300 million [at least]to get a new drug to market.

    If this "Do-Nothing Congress" won't give him the money and abolish the sequester, then we have one hell of a mission for 1914; the utter destruction of the Republicans.....they are the enemy.....they are the Homophobes.....

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 3, 2013 10:54:18 AM


  13. The president said the word "cure" instead of "promising treatments"...that is a step forward.

    Posted by: mark | Dec 3, 2013 2:06:58 PM


  14. The president said the word "cure" instead of "promising treatments"...that is a step forward.

    Posted by: mark | Dec 3, 2013 2:06:58 PM


  15. I agree, $100 million is a piss in the pot. The military budget stated above puts it perfectly into perspective. And also makes me want to throw up. What a world.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Dec 3, 2013 5:05:17 PM


  16. But I appreciate Mr. Obama's gesture, don't get me wrong.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Dec 3, 2013 5:05:50 PM


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