December 1, 2009, marks President Obama’s first World AIDS Day in the White House and the first World AIDS Day for the newly elected Congress. The time is right for a frank assessment of his first year in the fight against global AIDS as President. This analysis focuses on the funding and policy decisions the Administration has made since taking office in January 2009, and assesses the human impact of those decisions.
Always fragile, frequently frayed, and never comprehensive enough, the HIV safety net developed through 28 years of advocacy is facing grave threats from the recession and state budget cuts.
The National HIV Prevention Conference opens at a time when healthcare reform and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are seen as potential game-changers.