WASHINGTON--President Clin-ton calls his new national AIDS strategy
an important milestone in the history of efforts to end the pandemic that
has killed more than 343,000 Americans since 1981. "In the 15 years
of this epidemic, we have never had such a unified strategy," the
President said. "These goals will guide our work in the coming term
and, more specifically, in the coming year."
Six General Goals of the National AIDS Strategy
The new policy was drafted by the White House's Office of National AIDS
Policy after consultation with a number of federal agencies, health and
medical groups, religious organizations, and AIDS advocates.
"The development of a national AIDS strategy is a historic undertaking,"
said Patricia S. Fleming, director of the AIDS office. She emphasized the
breadth of the new policy, which involves all federal departments and agencies
engaged in HIV-related work; reaches out to communities and the private
sector; and identifies areas where the federal government should focus
"The national AIDS strategy provides a foundation for the continuing
public-private partnerships that are essential to our success in ending
this epidemic," Ms. Fleming added.