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amfAR Hails Commitments by Secretary Clinton to Create a Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation, Key Populations Initiative

Foundation urges development of a plan of action that sets clear outcomes targets, annual reporting, and strategies to accelerate progress

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NEW YORK, July 23, 2012—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on Monday hailed a commitment announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to create a blueprint for an AIDS-free generation, as well as the Secretary’s announcement of new funding to target key populations.

In an address at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., Secretary Clinton announced that she will release by World AIDS Day 2012 a blueprint to create an AIDS-free generation. She also detailed the progress of scaled-up interventions already in place and pledged more than $35 million to focus on key populations—including sex workers, injecting drug users (IDUs), and men who have sex with men (MSM)—by creating a country challenge fund, supporting implementation to identify workable interventions, and bolstering civil society groups’ efforts to reach those populations.

“Secretary Clinton’s commitment recognizes that we can’t achieve an AIDS-free generation unless we do much better at meeting the HIV needs of those groups at the center of the epidemic, including gay men and other MSM, injecting drug users, and sex workers,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “The new initiative targeting key populations is a down payment that will improve the U.S. global AIDS response in this critical area.”

“When you want to accomplish a complex goal—like starting to end the AIDS epidemic—you need a clear plan of action,” said Chris Collins, amfAR’s vice president and director of public policy. “Creating a blueprint is an important step forward because it directs our planning, policy, and funding toward achieving clear goals, and it will help everyone engaged in the process monitor our progress towards an AIDS-free generation."

Later Monday at the conference, amfAR and AVAC will unveil an action agenda that will detail what key stakeholders must do to support the Administration’s goal of creating an AIDS-free generation. Click here to view details of the action plan and information about the session.

“We look forward to working with the Administration to develop a blueprint that includes clear targets, regular reporting on progress, and specific strategies to scale core effective interventions,” Collins said.

About amfAR 

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.