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On World AIDS Day, Obama pledges $50M toward treatment

President sets goal of helping 6 million with disease

President Barack Obama announced on World AIDS Day that the United States would give an additional $50 million toward AIDS treatment and facilities, CNN reported.

On the 23rd anniversary of World AIDS Day on Thursday, the president also set a new goal to help 6 million people receive treatment by the end of 2013, increasing the original target by 2 million, ABC News reported.

"We are going to win this fight," Obama said, CNN reported. "But the fight's not over, not by a long shot."

During an event marking the day in Washington, D.C., the president that the United States plans to host the World AIDS conference next year, since removing a ban that prohibited people with HIV from entering the country, CNN reported. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also present at the event. It has been 30 years since the virus has been discovered, ABC News reported.

"The rate of new infections may be going down elsewhere, but it's not going down here in America," Obama said, the BBC reported. "When new infections among young, black, gay men increase by nearly 50 percent in three years, we need to do more to show them that their lives matter."

There are currently 1.2 million people in the United States who are HIV-positive. As a part of the $50 million pledged to domestic treatment plans, $15 million will go towards the Ryan White Program, which funds clinics, and $35 million for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, Politico reported. Obama also noted that it is important for the United States to continue to lead funding of global health programs.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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A red ribbon is hung from the North Portico of the White House to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday.