AIDS: Getting To Zero

aids on paper with prescription pills on top(BlackDoctor.org) — The 2011 theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero.” On Thursday, December 1, World AIDS Day, President Obama will speak at an event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED), joining former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and others who have been so critical in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

A high-level panel discussion on reaching “the beginning of the end of AIDS,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at George Washington University and streamed live on YouTube. Presidents Bush and Clinton will participate via satellite. Other panelists (participating live and via satellite) include President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania; Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA); Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL); Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED); singer Alicia Keys, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive; Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, director of PMTCT Clinic at Tema Hospital in Accra, Ghana; Florence Ngobeni, HIV educator and ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; and Kay Warren, founder, HIV & AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church in California.

The panelists will respond to questions from a moderator, as well as to a selection of questions submitted by citizens on YouTube. Organizers say they hope to build on progress already made in the fight against the devastating virus.

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS has commended the Obama Administration on its leadership and investment in the domestic and global AIDS epidemics and for maintaining the previous administration’s commitment to prioritize global HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

Not only has the United States’ leadership saved the lives of millions, American-funded research has identified interventions that, if effectively implemented, hold the promise of ending the AIDS pandemic in our lifetime. Science has made it possible for us to begin to end the AIDS pandemic, and that we as a nation are committed to this goal.