President Obama Announces New Funding Towards HIV/AIDS Cure

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/03/2013 | 12:30 PM EST

Obama vows to eradicate the HIV/AIDS epidemic

During a speech for World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama vowed that the United States would remain a world leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, promising to further invest in finding a cure.

“For many, with testing and access to the right treatment, the disease that was once a death sentence now comes with a good chance of a healthy and productive life,” Obama said at an event. “We’re making progress, but we are all here today because we know how much work remains to be done.”

The President announced that $100 million in funding will be redirected to National Institutes of Health program to seek a cure for AIDS.

"The United States of America will remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS," he said. "I believe we are going to win this fight."

Obama also managed to plug his controversial Health Care Law, also known as Obamacare, adding that “no American will be again denied health care coverage because of their HIV status.”

An estimated 35 million people live with HIV/AIDS globally, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV, and almost 20 percent are unaware of the infection.

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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