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World AIDS Day: Two Videos
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/11
Last updated on: 12/04/11
 
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On World AIDS Day, 2011, President Obama announced new initiatives to end HIV/AIDS by 2015. At an event sponsored by two international non-profit organizations at Georgetown University, the President appeared with former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton to discuss "the beginning of the end of AIDS." In addition, a World AIDS Day video posted by Paul Richardson reminds us of the continuing presence of AIDS in the world.

In his keynote address at the Georgetown University conference, the President committed new money to the Ryan White Program that supports health care provided by HIV medical clinics across the country, as well as to state AIDS-drug assistance programs. In addition, he pledged aid to the global fight against the disease.

Here is a a video of President Obama's address at the event:

In honor of World AIDS Day, Paul Richardson posted what he describes as "a short reflection video" on YouTube. The video contains some eye-opening statistics about the current state of AIDS in the world and some "famous faces of AIDS."

 
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