Today is World AIDS Day. It is, in fact, the 29th annual World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1st to honor the 35 million people who have died from the disease and to support the 40 million who currently live with HIV/AIDS. The theme for this year’s event, at least according to the US federal government? “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” Yet support for HIV prevention and treatment efforts has been slipping for years. Will our newly-elected politicians show true leadership and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS? Or will it be the usual self-serving and ideologically-motivated efforts to promote themselves and enrich their donors? If so, will the hard-won gains that we’ve made since HIV was first discovered soon be lost?
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