JEFFREY BROWN: How close are we today to seeing what the president referred to as an AIDS-free generation, that great hope?
DR. ERIC GOOSBY, U.S. Global AIDS coordinator: Well, thank you.
We're very close to understanding the science of prevention interventions that, when combined in the appropriate way, allow us to drop the number of new infections or incidents precipitously. The ability to use male circumcision to prevent mother to child transmission, and now with distribution in targeted populations at high risk with condoms, behavioral modifications that complement and enable that, matched with the new data that came in last summer showing that treatment drops the risk of infecting another individual by 96 percent, all in combination really give us an opportunity to drop that incidence curve precipitously.
JEFFREY BROWN: When you say close, I mean, give us -- do you actually put years on it or a time frame?
DR. ERIC GOOSBY: The modeling that we have been able to do shows that we will begin this process over the next three years by moving our numbers of people with a concentration of treatment, matched with an expansion of our prevention portfolio, so moving our prevention strategies to a maximum, and now adding a more vigorous treatment component to it.
We're looking at three to five years for our -- in our ability to actually have more people getting on treatment than are actually becoming newly infected.
Sorry, but I don't think we're close. If we were close, I would assume that Goosby could have answered the question. He never did.
My entire life AIDS has been a given. How different it must have been to live in that brief period of time where they could cure all sexually transmitted diseases before herpes and AIDS showed up.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"