Target: US President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud President Obama for revitalizing the fight against HIV/AIDS
After facing criticism for his lack of action combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, US President Barack Obama recently demanded a renewed fight against HIV/AIDS. His executive order will focus on preventing and treating HIV infection, thus also lowering the rate of AIDS. Commend the president for his effort to bring more national attention and coordination to this issue.
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus, which lowers the body’s immune system. AIDS results directly from HIV, either from cells dropping below a certain level or certain opportunistic infections appearing. Studies have shown that early testing and treatment provide significant help in preventing the spread of HIV.
Obama has given the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and the Secretary of Health and Human Services 180 days to give him recommendations in developing a strategy to create an AIDS-free society. Efforts will be focused on researching testing, care, and ways to accelerate the two. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act will cover the recommendation that all individuals 15 to 65 be tested for HIV.
Approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, yet one in five of them remain undiagnosed. On top of that, one in three also do not receive medical care, despite the benefits it can have on long-term health. Antiretroviral drugs can even cut transmission risk by 96 percent.
After initial disappointment with Obama’s 2010 AIDS strategy, this announcement comes as a refreshing piece of news. Although the HIV rate of infection has remained stagnant over the last 10 years, with proper research this can all change.
By signing the petition below, you will applaud President Obama for stepping up his policy to combat HIV/AIDS. With the rate of infection going down in many other countries around the world, it is time the United States matched their progress.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to commend you for your recent executive order revitalizing the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States. By focusing on treatment and prevention, we can not only help solve the problem today but prevent it from continuing in the future. Thank you for bringing such an important issue back to national attention.
Around 1.1 million people live with HIV in the United States, yet one in five remain undiagnosed. On top of this, one in three do not receive appropriate medical care despite its benefits; antiretroviral drugs can cut transmission risk by up to 96 percent. Despite the fact that the HIV infection rate has remained stagnant during the last 10 years, proper research can change this.
I commend you for stepping up your policy to combat HIV/AIDS. The rate of infection is going down in many other countries across the globe; it is time their progress was matched by United States.
[Your Name Here]
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