The administration stresses its commitment to maintaining the U.S. leadership role in global health.
U.S. President Joe Biden made a statement on the occasion of World AIDS Day. He reaffirmed the commitment of the American Government to ending the HIV epidemic at home and around the world.
As noted in the White House press release, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected all aspects of the fight against HIV/AIDS, from prevention to treatment and research, the United States is stepping up efforts to combat the HIV epidemic/AIDS and ensuring equal access to prevention, care, and treatment in every community, especially when it comes to racial minorities, teenage girls and young women, as well as representatives of the LGBT community.
As noted in the statement, in the forty years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States officially reported the first cases of the disease, which later became known as AIDS, more than 36 million people worldwide have died from AIDS-related diseases, including 700 thousand in the United States. Currently, almost 38 million people are living with HIV, including 1.2 million in the United States.
Recognizing the urgency of this fight, the Biden and Harris administrations are working to build on past achievements and advance America’s leadership role in global health, while promoting strategies to improve access to health services, combat stigma and discrimination, achieve justice, support human rights, and strengthen public health infrastructure.
When Biden served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led the effort to reauthorize the Emergency Plan of Action to Combat AIDS, which helped save more than 21 million lives, prevented millions of HIV infections, and helped at least 20 countries around the world achieve HIV goals.
“President Biden remains deeply committed to maintaining America’s leadership position in terms of global health donations,” the statement said.
The Administration also announced a number of key steps to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS at home and abroad, including the launch of a national strategy in this area, which will provide a framework for policy initiatives, research, and programs for the period up to 2025 and will help the country end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030.
According to the White House, during the election campaign, President Biden promised to update and implement a comprehensive national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS in order to “actively reduce the number of new HIV cases, while expanding access to treatment and eliminating inequalities in access to medical services and other assistance,” and today he is fulfilling this promise.