US donates $80 million for international AIDS funding

US donates $80 million for international AIDS funding

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference after the opening session of the sixteenth Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre)

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by WHAS11 newsroom

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Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Washington, D.C. (WHAS11)- This week in Washington D.C., the world's biggest gathering of AIDS doctors and experts. It's the International AIDS Conference.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday that the US will donate $80 million in new funding to help poor nations eliminate HIV infected births.

Clinton says the money will provide medicine to pregnant women who currently slip through the cracks.

The Obama administration has a goal of an AIDS-free generation.

"So while I want to reaffirm my government's commitment, I’m also here to boost yours.  This is a fight we can win.  We have already come so far, too far to stop now," says Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.

More than 20,000 people are in Washington D.C. for the conference, which is being held in the US for the first time in more than 20 years.

The United Nations says an estimated 34 million people worldwide are infected with HIV.

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