As the tenor of the 2012 presidential election focuses on the economy and international affairs, many global health advocates are interested in Mitt Romney's commitment to funding U.S. global HIV/AIDS treatment initiatives.
Thirty years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the U.S., the world finds itself at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly disease. For the first time, grounded in scientific evidence, our efforts can put us within reach of an AIDS-free generation.
A baby is born with HIV every 90 seconds and half of all children with the virus die before age 2. This is simply unacceptable, especially when we have the knowledge and ability for every mother with HIV to have a healthy baby.
Washington clearly has a stake in the battle against HIV/AIDS, but how do we reconcile that with the chilling fact that black men in the nation's capital experience rates of HIV that rival that of Sub-saharan Africa?
The Global Fund provides funds and support to the hardest-hit countries that lack the resources to address their epidemics. However, one of the largest recipients is the second largest economy in the world: China.
A renewed commitment to saving lives has never been more critical. Despite the significant success of the United States bilateral relief efforts the global fight against AIDS is now at risk of failure. This is unacceptable.