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Lawmakers Urge President Obama To Double PEPFAR Treatment Goal

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), “along with 38 other lawmakers, sent a letter [.pdf] to President Obama calling on the administration to announce a doubling of the number of people on treatment through [PEPFAR] during the Fourth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., in December,” a press release from Lee states (11/14). Citing “evidence from HPTN 052, the study that proved antiretroviral treatment for HIV also prevents transmission of the virus,” the lawmakers urged the administration to “ensure that 12 million people living with HIV are receiving treatment by 2016,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog notes (Barton, 11/15). The letter also urges the administration “to work diligently toward the international goal of virtually ending the transmission of HIV to newborns of pregnant mothers by 2015” (11/13).