Health and Human Services Secretary Unveils New HIV/AIDS Plan

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Currently, more than 1.1 million Americans live with HIV. Every year, another 56,000 people contract the virus: a figure that has been relatively constant over the past decade. Today, the Obama administration announces a new strategy to combat this epidemic with the goal of reducing the rate of infections by 25 percent over the next five years and getting treatment to 85 percent of HIV patients within three months of their diagnosis. We talk with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, about the new policy.

Guests:

Kathleen Sebelius

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Peter from Brooklyn

To curb infections, we need to have a savvy P.R. blitz stressing that it's uncool to infect someone or become infected. When I was in college in the early '80s, we only used condoms to the extent we thought they would keep us from getting VD. I fear that we've gone to such lengths to de-stigmatize HIV that people have lost a serious protective mechanism: embarassment. I think we have to reintroduce the "yuck" factor if we truly want to curb new infections.

Jul. 13 2010 09:23 AM

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