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A red ribbon is hung between columns of the White House to commemorate World AIDS day. Aid groups are warning that, due in part to the ongoing global economic slowdown, donor money for AIDS research and treatment around the globe is slipping precisely when those funds are needed the most.
From preventive education to preemptive medication, the world has come a long way since the first recorded AIDS cases in the early 1980s. According to the CIA World Factbook, there are more than 1.2 million HIV positive people living in the United States and more than 33 million people with the disease worldwide. Today is World AIDS day, and we take a look at what the Obama administration is doing to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS, as well as get the inside scoop on the science of treatment from the medical director of the Los Angeles based AIDS Research Alliance.
Cornelius Baker, member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; AIDS expert at the Academy for Educational Development and Project Director, NIAID HIV Vaccine Research Education Initiative at the AED Center on AIDS and Community Health
Dr. Stephen Brown, Medical Director of the AIDS Research Alliance in Los Angeles