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A Global Call to Action From HIV Co-Discoverers Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier
Date:5/8/2009

"HIV/AIDS Remains the Number One Global Health Threat"

WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, HIV co-discoverers Drs. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Luc A. Montagnier, president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, called on international organizations and governments to immediately implement six objectives to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They made the announcement today at the National Press Club and it was followed by comments from Jeff Crowley, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

"Globally, many are acting as though HIV and AIDS are no longer the threat they were 25 years ago when the HIV virus was first discovered. However, in fact they remain an unparalleled global health threat, and despite progress in treatment, could worsen unless determined action is taken. We believe the recommendations we are making today are key to reducing and ultimately minimizing the devastation of HIV and AIDS," said Drs. Gallo and Montagnier.

Global Call to Action:

  1. Invest in medical infrastructure and educational outreach programs in U.S. communities most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  2. Promote global development of HIV/AIDS treatment and control programs along with regional research institutions in developing countries
  3. Cultivate and inspire young scientists in the field of human virology
  4. Enhance HIV/AIDS education and prevention, especially in countries with high infection rates
  5. Support cutting-edge vaccine research and the development of new effective therapies
  6. Continue the focus on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

"Here we are, 25 years after discovering the cause of AIDS and we still have a major, p
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SOURCE Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine
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