President Obama Pledges $100 Million To Find Cure For AIDS
In honor of World AIDS Day, President Obama has announced $100 million dollars in funding to the National Institutes of Health to find a cure for AIDS.
A new initiative at the National Institutes of Health will be aimed at "advanc[ing] research toward an HIV cure," Obama said at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday. The initiative is aimed at developing "new therapies," he said. "The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely." Obama took an optimistic tone, pledging that the United States would "remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS" until the virus is eradicated. The $100 million in funding over the next three years for the HIV Cure Initiative will be "reprioritized," the White House said in a fact sheet released, though it did not elaborate on where exactly that money would come from.