Dec. 2 - U.S. President Barack Obama says progress is being made, but vows to keep fighting to eradicate AIDS. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) United States President Barack Obama praised the "extraordinary" progress towards eradicating HIV/AIDS Monday (December 2) and promised further U.S. investment to find a cure for the disease. "For many, with testing and access to the right treatment, the disease that was once a death sentence now comes with a good chance of a healthy and productive life," Obama said at an event marking World AIDS Day, which was on December 1. "We're making progress, but we are all here today because we know how much work remains to be done," Obama said. Obama announced that $100 million USD in funding will be redirected to a National Institutes of Health program to seek a cure for AIDS. "The United States of America will remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS," he pledged, adding that "I believe we are going to win this fight." In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV, and almost 20 percent are unaware of the infection. Over the past 10 years, the rate of new HIV infections in the United States has remained at about 50,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.