The Obama administration yesterday unveiled a new policy aimed at controlling the spread of HIV across the country, promising an investment worth $30 million in the campaigns.
In addition, Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, who had been heading various awareness drives against the spread of the virus, also called for increased funding in the sector for taming the onset and transmission of HIV.
The administration proclaimed that the new policy will see a net investment of $30 million for achieving the goals.
The authorities undertook a similar move last year wherein it set aside more than $45 million to be spent over the upcoming five years in a number of campaigns against AIDS.
However, the plan could not meet the expectations as it lost focus.
“We’ve had a broken model that doesn’t fund prevention, but treatment alone”, said Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund.
Under the new policy, the officials would have to ensure the prevention of HIV infections among the most vulnerable group, which comprises the gay and bisexual men, male and female hispanics, black men and women and drug abusers.
It aims at reducing the virus spreading rate by more than 25% in the nation by the end of 2015. In another development, the International AIDS Conference has been scheduled to be held shortly in Vienna. This will be the 18th conference held since 1981 when the virus was first detected.