Activists Mixed on AIDS Plan

July 14, 2010  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — As agencies struggle to preserve cash-strapped HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in the Chicago area,President Barack Obama on Tuesday laid out an ambitious plan to reduce the annual number of new infections by 25 percent nationwide over the next five years.

In Chicago, where more than 1,000 people are newly diagnosed with HIV each year, activists were cautiously optimistic about the president’s long-awaited strategy to combat the disease. While they said the plan refocuses attention on HIV/AIDS, they complained that it provides no funding to obtain the goals it sets forth.

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