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President Obama announcing an HIV cure initiativePresident Obama has announced that his administration is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at finding a cure for HIV.

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A new initiative at the National Institutes of Health will be aimed at “advanc[ing] research toward an HIV cure,” Obama said at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday.

The initiative is aimed at developing “new therapies,” he said. “The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely.”

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Obama took an optimistic tone, pledging that the United States would “remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS” until the virus is eradicated.

Members of Congress and activists including Archbishop Desmond Tutu had called on the administration to commit to double the reach of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief over the next few years, but Obama made no such announcement on Monday.

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