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Bush AIDS Legacy at Risk, Says AHF
Date:2/16/2008

ol the virus, consigning tens of millions of people to death, creating hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans in the process. We strongly urge the President and Congress to work together to ensure that we do not squander the progress that PEPFAR has already made in the global fight against AIDS."

PEPFAR was the result of President Bush's groundbreaking 2003 State of the Union pledge to bring two million HIV positive Africans and others into treatment and prevent seven million new HIV infections via a five-year, $15 billion US-funded program. It currently operates in 15 focus countries and claims to support antiretroviral treatment for 1.4 million people worldwide.

"We know this: without access to antiretroviral treatment, AIDS is a fatal disease. By seeking to do so many worthy things -- nutrition aid, legal empowerment of women, care for orphans and vulnerable children -- it virtually guarantees that none of it will be done right, and none of these problems will be significantly alleviated, much less solved," said Tom Myers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation's General Counsel. "As a result, PEPFAR will fall far short of its intended goal -- if not outright fail in its attempt -- all but guaranteeing the perpetuation of the global AIDS crisis."

During the Africa trip, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush plan to visit Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the nation's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, prevention and education provider. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 62,000 individuals in 20 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia. Additional information is available at http://www.aidshealth.org


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