President Barack Obama marked World AIDS Day on Monday by thanking people on the frontlines of fighting the disease and by urging others to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
“We're closer than we've ever been to achieving the extraordinary – an AIDS-free generation. But we've got to keep fighting,” Obama says. “Science is on our side. Momentum is on our side. But it's up to us to finish the job.”
The president's comments came in a two-minute video released on Monday, a day in which people affected by AIDS remember those lost to the disease and celebrate how far the fight against it has progressed since the virus was discovered in 1983. Events are scheduled in cities across the country, including Atlanta and Houston.