What is an AIDS-Free Generation?
An AIDS-free generation entails that first, no one will be born with the virus; second, that as people get older, they will be at a far lower risk of becoming infected than they are today; and third, that if they do acquire HIV, they will get treatment that keeps them healthy and prevents them from transmitting the virus to others.
Progress Being Made:
Since Secretary Clinton declared that we can create an AIDS-Free Generation on November 8, 2011, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other agencies across the government have heeded the call and have been working to put us on the path to an AIDS-Free Generation by focusing on “combination prevention” – condoms, counseling and testing, and special emphasis on three core interventions: treatment as prevention, voluntary medical male circumcision, and stopping the transmission of HIV from mothers to children. Since November 8, PEPFAR has made considerable progress on implementing the three core interventions by:
Barriers to Overcome:
Secretary Clinton also stated that creating an AIDS-Free Generation requires addressing the critical needs of people living with HIV, including women, orphans and vulnerable children, and key populations at high-risk of contracting HIV.
Call to Action:
The Secretary called upon Ambassador Goosby to take the lead on developing a blueprint by World AIDS Day 2012 that outlines the goals and objectives for the next phase of our effort to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation. She also emphasized that other countries needed to step up to the plate and do their part, in particular by supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
In addition to for calling for a blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation, Secretary Clinton announced:
To learn more about the U.S. commitment to the global HIV/AIDS response, visit www.pepfar.gov.