The Cure for AIDS Act, 2012 was introduced in the House of Parliament by the Democrats - Jim Himes and Barbara Lee; with the key objective to help fund AIDS research and development of a cure for the dreaded disease. …
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The bill would allow for provision of $20 million annually over a period of next five years. This program would be managed and supervised by the Department of Defense as a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. This department would work in close association with other researchers and academic scholars as well as non-profit organizations, thus creating a syndicate of esteemed members of the society including scientists, researchers and advocates to assess, evaluate, and review the cure proposals (Himes House.gov). Federally funded research have consistently proven to be highly beneficial to the communities in the U.S. as well as worldwide, by introducing revolutionary health-care reforms and safeguarding the health and well-being of the people from chronic illnesses (Wolper, 2004; Guttmacher et al., 2010; Shamoo & Resnik, 2009). According to Jim Himes "After slow but important progress in the face of a deadly and terrible disease, a cure is finally within reach" (Himes.House.gov, 2012). This bill proposes to further the cause by providing the medical research community with the much needed boost in the form of federal funding and needed resources to finally put an end to this worldwide epidemic and usher in a new AIDS-free world. Significance HIV/ AIDS - is a progressive disease which worsens over time. Individuals affected by it face a serious threat to their health and well-being in the absence of a timely and effective treatment. Currently there is no permanent cure for the disease and continuous efforts in the form of research are on, towards ending this epidemic. The fight against AIDS has largely focused on the key issue of providing the life-saving antiretroviral treatment to an estimated 1.7 million Americans (AIDS.gov, 2012a) and 34 million people worldwide (WHO, 2012), and who are living with the chronic disease. Federal investments aimed at supporting research and development for finding a permanent cure for the disease would significantly help human civilization in their fight against the epidemic. The fight against this remarkably persistent virus was initially hampered by the belief that it is incurable and the only way to pause its rapid growth is through strict implementation of prevention measures. However the recent evidence has provided renewed hope to the scientists and researchers across the globe, to address this insurmountable challenge. This hope was renewed by Timothy Ray Brown, an American national living in Berlin, who was completely cured of AIDS in the year 2007 (CNN, 2012) thus becoming the first patient in the world and the history of the disease to reaffirm a confirmed known cure for the disease. The words of Jeffrey Laurence – an AIDS researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York “One person has been cured, and we’re going to find a practical way to do it in others” echoes the sentiments of researchers across the globe, to find a permanent cure for the epidemic and prevent loss of millions of lives worldwide (The Wall Street Journal, 2012). Finding a cure for AIDS has become one of the most realistic goals of researchers, activist groups, and policy makers in recent times, especially against the backdrop of growing evidence confirming a high possibility to end the 31 year old global epidemic. The relentless pursuit to usher in an AIDS free generation could finally become
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