HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson will mark World AIDS Day with ceremonies at the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department on Dec. 2 and 3.
“On the occasion of World AIDS Day, it is important to remember the millions who have died in the two decades of this disease. It is just as important to draw inspiration from their memories and redouble our efforts to beat HIV/AIDS,” Secretary Thompson said.
HHS and the Bush Administration have several ongoing efforts to fight HIV/AIDS internationally. President George W. Bush has proposed $1.1 billion to help fight HIV/AIDS in the developing world next year – a 13 percent increase over 2002. Overall HIV/AIDS spending by the U.S. government increased from $14.2 billion in fiscal year 2001 to more than $16 billion for fiscal year 2003. That includes a doubling in international HIV/AIDS funding over the same period.
The United States is also strongly committed to supporting the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (at http://www.globalfundatm.org/). The President has requested almost $500 million for the Global Fund – far more than any other nation. Secretary Thompson serves as U.S. Representative to the Board of the Fund.
Projects and initiatives such as the Mother and Child Transmission Prevention Initiative and the Pan-Caribbean Partnership Agreement demonstrate the commitment of the United States and its partner nations in the attack on AIDS.
World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.