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December 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Kudos to the president for supporting HIV research initiative

3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV don’t have their infection under control

Regarding your recent article, what a wonderful boon for humanity [“Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative,” News, Dec. 3].

And kudos for his pledge to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as long as the other countries do their part.

People don’t realize that the U.S. spends only a quarter of 1 percent of our total federal budget on global health.

Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategy as its 2001 “breakthough of the year.”

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that about 3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV do not have their infections under control. Extremely drug-resistant TB has now emerged and has been documented in at least 77 countries, including our own.

Thank you, President Obama.

— Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton

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