World AIDS Day: Recognizing Progress And Work To Be Done On AIDS

Activists, politicians and health officials are among those marking World AIDS day.

In Beijing, dozens of official volunteers passed out AIDS leaflets while a small group of activists demanded more government recognition and help.

The U.S. plans to give South Africa $120 million. President Jacob Zuma's goal is to get 80 percent of people who need AIDS drugs on them by 2011. His predecessor promoted beets as a treatment.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says there is still much work to do but World AIDS Day is a time to recognize accomplishments and set new goals. And Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says researchers are closer than ever to having a vaccine.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Barack Obama is repealing the HIV entry ban, which prevented people with HIV/AIDS from entering the U.S.

AIDS Activist Christopher Wade says the world needs a more unified global response.

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  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    The U.S. plans to give South Africa $120 million. >I guess will will borrow that money too,huh?All the money in the world will not teach people,what they should already know.And what about the AIDs people we have right here in the USA that can't get any help>I say NO MORE goes overseas it's a waste,when we need it right here.Giving away money in a recession with a high deficit is the craziest thing I have ever heard!!!

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