Clinton Defends Obama on AIDS Funding

July 19, 2010  |  

Over the years many have become immune to the word “HIV.”

Once thought of as  a new age bubonic plague, the disease is now demystified. Although over 30 million people live with HIV, scientists are now saying that the ones without the white blood cell killing disease should take heed.

Earlier this month researchers found antibodies that prevent most HIV strains from infecting people.  Testing revealed that these antibodies can prevent more than 90 percent of HIV strains. Further research is being done to see how effective this amazing find is. At the world AIDS forum former president Bill Clinton spoke on the need for government to continue funding research.

According to the AFP:

The six-day conference of scientists, policymakers and grassroots workers opened Sunday in Vienna to rowdy protests from activists accusing President Obama of reneging on a campaign pledge to spend some 50 billion dollars on AIDS by 2013. Some of several hundred protesters chanted “Obama lies — people die,” as new data pointed to a slump in AIDS funding.

In a keynote speech on Monday, Clinton defended Obama, laying the blame for financial belt-tightening at the door of the US Congress.

“You have two options here, you can demonstrate and call the president names or we can go get some more votes in Congress to get some more money,” Clinton said. “There is no way the White House will veto an increase in funding for AIDS.”

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