Matthews on World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day.  President Obama used the occasion to set a new target of helping six million Americans get treatment by the end of 2013.

But listen to what Bono wrote today in the New York Times:

“Today, here we are, talking seriously about the “end” of this global epidemic. There are now 6.6 million people on life-saving AIDS medicine.  But still too many are being infected.  New research proves that early anti-retroviral treatment, especially for pregnant women, in combination with male circumcision, will slash the rate of new HIV cases by up to 60 percent.  This is the tipping point we have been campaigning for. We’re nearly there. How did we get here?  America led.  I mean really led. It’s a tale of strange bedfellows; the gay community, evangelicals and scruffy student activists in a weird sort of harmony; military men calling AIDS in Africa a national security issue. A conservative president, George W. Bush, leading the largest ever response to the pandemic; Bill Clinton, arm-twisting drug companies to drop their prices; Hillary Rodham Clinton, making it policy to eradicate the transmission of HIV from mother to child.”

On this World AIDS Day, I would like you to stop and consider what America has achieved in this war to defend lives lived far away and sacred principles at home.

So a sign for hope and hard needed evidence of what we can do in this country and in the world when we work together; right and left, gay and straight, black and white.

Simple, in fact, basic, but oh so powerful.

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Matthews on World AIDS Day

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