President Obama observes World AIDS Day
POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:19pm
NBC NEWS —
In Washington, President Obama renewed his commitment to fighting AIDS.
At an event held at George Washington University, the president said his administration will increase spending on HIV treatment in the U.S. by $50 million.
He pledged to support in helping six million people around the world get treatment by the end of 2013, which is an increase from the four million previously promised by the U.S.
President Obama said we will beat aids, but the fight is not yet over.
"We can end this pandemic. We can beat this disease. We can win this fight,” said Obama. “We just have to keep at it, today, tomorrow, and every day until we get to zero. And as long as I have the honor of being your president, that's what we're going to keep doing. That's my pledge - my commitment - to you. And that has to be our promise to each other; because we have come so far; we have saved so many lives; let's finish the fight."
The rate of new infections is going down in many other countries, but not in the United States.
1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV.