Obama details national HIV plan

President Obama acknowledged an uncomfortable reality as he announced the nation’s first comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy at a White House ceremony. While the United States has made tremendous gains treating people infected with the virus, efforts to prevent the spread of the disease have continued to lag.

Even as the federal government spent tens of billions of dollars to develop and administer new drugs for HIV patients, the number of new people infected every year has remained virtually unchanged for a decade.

An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, with 56,000 new infections annually.

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Pictured: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement about the new National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) in the East Room of the White House July 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. The strategy, unveiled today by the White House, aims to use federal inter-agency and inter-department resources to reduce the number of people who become infected with HIV, increase access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV and reduce HIV-related health disparities. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images).