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Obama, Bono, HIV Activists Call For 'End Of AIDS'

First Posted: 12/01/2011 2:29 pm Updated: 12/01/2011 2:29 pm

The AIDS rate among minorities is on the rise and politicians and celebrities are determined to find a way to put an end to it.

"The rate of new infections may be going down elsewhere, but it's not going down here in America," President Barack Obama said Thursday. "The infection rate here has been holding steady for over a decade."

Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Bono, Alicia Keys, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, and other key HIV/AIDS activists and researchers gathered Thursday at George Washington University for a panel discussion on "the beginning of the end of AIDS." Hosted by ONE and (RED), and streamed by Youtube, the event raised a call to action to find a cure for the 1.2 million million living with AIDS and to amp up the fight among young black gay men, the latino community and black women where HIV rates are increasing.

While the President impressed the urgency of battling the epidemic, he remained hopeful as he outlined the details of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

"Make no mistake, we are going to win this fight," Obama said. "But the fight's not over -- not by a longshot."

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Filed by Emily Heinz  |