Jun 24, 2008
It might seem relatively easy for Congress to reauthorize the lifesaving program for global HIV/AIDS that has enjoyed wide bipartisan support. But for many reasons, it hasn't been.
By all measures, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), now 5 years old and up for reauthorization, is a global success story. Its achievements include: saving the lives of 1.5 million men, women and children through antiretroviral treatment; extending care to 6.5 million people affected by HIV, including more than 2.5 million orphans and vulnerable children; and providing prevention services to tens of millions more, including programs emphasizing abstinence and being faithful.