The XVIII International AIDS Conference kicked of this last weekend in Vienna, Austria and over the next few days the more than 20,000 participants will be hearing from leading scientists, people living with AIDS, as well as such international heavy hitters as President Bill Clinton and South African Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Since the first cases of HIV were recognized 30 years ago more than 25 million people have died from AIDS. Here in the US 56,000 people are newly infected each year. This administration has pledged funding to implement a new strategy to refocus existing efforts but how do you fight an unwavering epidemic? As the world gathers to discuss how to battle this virus we look at the new plan on both the national and local level.
Jeffrey Crowley, is the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy at the White House
Craig Thompson, executive director at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)