Is this the time that we finally end AIDS? A big thanks to President Donald Trump for extending the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ("Trump to sign bill extending HIV/AIDS program, Pence says," online Nov. 29). The Global Fund and PEPFAR work in collaboration to supply medication and to save the lives of millions of people fighting AIDS.
Since the disease was first diagnosed in the 1980s, 35 million people have died and more than 34 million are currently infected by HIV, one of the most destructive pandemics in history. This global epidemic still infects 1.8 million new people and claims about 1 million lives every year. Are we doing enough?
The funding to cure AIDS is taking a wrong turn. The Global Fund that fights to cure AIDS is facing financial constraints. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has saved millions of lives.
This month, we should bring attention to end this epidemic. The Obama administration pledged $4.3 billion through 2019. Now let's call upon President Trump and his administration to continue to increase the support that the U.S. gives to the Global Fund. I strongly urge Reps. Ann Wagner, William Lacy Clay and Blaine Luetkemeyer, as well as Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen.-elect Josh Hawley, to continue the U.S. leadership providing a full share of government donations to the Global Fund.
Sahana Madala • Creve Coeur