Millions Mark World AIDS Day

President Barack Obama lauded “extraordinary" progress towards eradicating HIV/AIDS Monday and promised further U.S. investment to find a cure for the disease.

“For many, with testing and access to the right treatment, the disease that was once a death sentence now comes with a good chance of a healthy and productive life,” Obama said at an event marking World AIDS Day, which was on December 1.

“We’re making progress, but we are all here today because we know how much work remains to be done,” Obama said.

Obama announced that $100 million in funding will be redirected to a National Institutes of Health program to seek a cure for AIDS.

"The United States of America will remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS," he pledged, adding that "I believe we are going to win this fight."

And he added a plug for his beleaguered health care legislation, noting that – under the law – “no American will be again denied health care coverage because of their HIV status.”

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