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Bill Clinton on the fight against HIV/AIDS

July 18th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton needs no introduction on these pages.

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The former U.S. president has been a prolific fundraiser and activist for a number of important causes since his term ended in 2001. If it's not HIV/AIDS and malaria, it's development and post-quake reconstruction in Haiti.

As scientists edge closer to a vaccine for HIV, the fight against AIDS has never been more crucial. Bill Clinton will lend his clout, celebrity and fundraising expertise to an international conference on the disease in Vienna starting Monday.

He will be one of the key voices in a conference that tells us how we've progressed and where we still have to go.

Please join us for our exclusive interview on Monday evening at 2000 GMT on CNN.

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  1. StewartJEM

    Can anyone explain to me in good faith (i.e., without name calling, appeals to sob-stories that are exceptional, one-in-a-million situations, etc.) why it's imperative every productive (i.e., income-tax-paying) American be forced to pay for the world's supply of pharmaceuticals–and research for a cure–for a disease that is spread entirely through individuals' irresponsible behavior? Should we not also be forced by the federal government to pay for researchers to develop a "fat pill" so that the morbidly obese can eat whatever they want, as much as they want, never exercise...and still remain thin and fit? Isn't it common sense to demand of people–particularly those in high-risks groups–that they modify their irresponsible behavior, rather than force it upon the whole of society to pay scientists to find a way for them to continue this irresponsible behavior without having to suffer the consequences–consequences that are universally known and wholly preventable? (Unlike, say, lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc., which may often be attributed to irresponsible lifestyle choices, but by no means are always the result of them–unlike AIDS.)

    To put it another way, is there not already a cure for AIDS, coming in three varieties that are either free or cheap–i.e., abstinence, monogamy, or safe sex? Why do I never hear this cure being discussed as the cheapest, most effective way to rid the world of the disease?

    And yes, babies born to mothers with AIDS are innocent of said "irresponsible behavior". But then, why not forcibly sterilize any woman who has AIDS? Or for those who are pro-abortion, is this not the perfect reason to abort a pregnancy?

    No doubt the complete absence of demands put upon those engaging in wildly promiscuous and unsafe sex or intravenous drug use to curb their clearly reckless behavior in lieu of forcing civilized society to shoulder the resultant financial burden is due to the fact that the demographics most responsible for the perpetuation and spread of the disease are two of the liberal establishment's most favored pet demographics: homosexuals and blacks. If this disease struck meth-heads and was overwhelmingly confined to "white trash" America, I would be willing to bet big money that there would be nowhere near the degree of concern, nor the federal imperative that earners throw everything they've got at the problem.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  2. Amy Dugan

    thanks for this info. i put it on my Facebook wall and tweeted it. i also posted on my Bill Clinton blog which is viewed all over the world

    July 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  3. Gilles de Carufel

    Mr President,
    I am a great admirer of you and of your work.
    My question is on another subject:
    Do you think the world is doing enough in support of Mr Gore's movement about the prevention of more global warning.
    Do we all understand how serious that problem is.
    Thank you.

    July 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  4. Kajal Bhardwaj

    In 2010, the year of universal access, only 40% of those who need HIV treatment have it. Yet the US and EU are actively working against one of the key factors that started treatment access in the first place – generic drugs. The US is pressuring India and Thailand through the Special 301 on their pro-public health patent laws while the EU is forcing higher intellectual property protection on India through a free trade agreement. The EU has even seized HIV medicines on their way from India to Africa on the pretext of protecting intellectual property rights. How do we end the hypocrisy of developed countries that claim to be partners in universal access but are intent on shutting down generic ARV production, supply and import? Are we ready to go back to $15000 per patient per year for ARVs and being held hostage by multinational pharamcuetical companies?

    July 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  5. Ali, Bangladesh

    How close is the world to creating a vaccine for HIV, and could such a vaccine be made easily affordable to people in poor countries?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:18 am | Reply
  6. Joseph, Thailand

    What has been the most effective method of spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:20 am | Reply
  7. Bernie, Nigeria

    What has been the greatest challenge your charity has faced in raising funds for HIV/AIDS awareness and scientific study?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  8. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Bill Clinton on the following questions:

    – What needs to be done to Stop Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the Dark side of our Churches in our International Community?

    – What is your opinion on the way Barack Hussein Obama, President of United States of America, is handling HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Dark side of the Sexual or Pornography Business Industries?

    I am awaiting William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    July 19, 2010 at 4:16 am | Reply
  9. David

    One man like Clinton so powerful.. Really wonderful.

    And what about one who created Earth and all on it? What about God's promise for better future for human kind on the Earth including disappearing all kind of diseases [Isaiah 33:24, Revelatin 21:4]? Shouldn't we believe in His word before than one's sinful man?

    July 20, 2010 at 9:49 am | Reply
  10. john mcgrath

    StewartJEM......you're a pig. somebody needs to develop a karma vacine for your useless mental incompetence. i'd pay for that.

    July 21, 2010 at 3:01 am | Reply
  11. Anissa

    Dear Mr. Clinton,
    keep up the good work. God bless you and your family

    July 23, 2010 at 7:13 am | Reply
  12.  Mobile Hard Drive

    it is a very sad fact that until now, we still do not have the cure for HIV':~

    August 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  13. Maisie Marshall

    sadly, there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS-*-

    October 4, 2010 at 6:36 am | Reply
  14. Formica Sheets ·

    i think that it would still take us a long time before we can even find a cure for HIV "

    November 9, 2010 at 1:39 am | Reply

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