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 its efforts.
"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.