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Edwards' Plan on AIDS Unveiled Today
Date:9/24/2007

Plan is 'Bold and Visionary,' says Global AIDS Alliance Fund

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today in Washington, presidential candidate Senator John Edwards is announcing a new proposal for what the US needs to do next to stop HIV/AIDS in the US and abroad.

To address the crisis outside the US, Senator Edwards' plan promises $50 billion in resources to reach universal access to prevention and treatment. He provides a strong emphasis on channeling money through the Global Fund. His plan also addresses related issues such as TB and malaria, access to basic education, violence against women, reproductive health, poor country debt, and trade-related pharmaceutical issues.

"This plan is both bold and achievable, and we are thrilled to see Senator Edwards' tremendous leadership on this issue," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of the Global AIDS Alliance FUND. "It's exciting to see such a realistic, science-based approach to the epidemic in the US and globally."

"Senator Edwards has recognized this is what we need to do to save lives -- now every candidate in both parties should recognize it, too. We look forward to seeing what they propose so we can compare their plans," Zeitz stated.

The need for bold action is clear. In the US half the people who need HIV treatment are not receiving it, and the number of new HIV infections in the U.S has not decreased in over a decade. Globally, basic prevention services reach only a fraction of those at risk, and in Africa treatment is available to only about a third of those who need it to survive. According to the UN, the world still faces a massive shortfall in funding for basic services, including for children.

A coalition called 08 Stop AIDS has also proposed $50 billion in spending to fight AIDS, about a third of which would go to the prevention of disease. The group's 10 point plan has been endorsed by over 100 organizations and health experts, as well as by
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