One of the most interesting parts of the announcement, to me, was the President's focus on reducing the stigma associated with HIV infection. Many people are so afraid of a positive result that they don't get tested, which also means they can't be put into treatment. This, combined with inequities in access to care, exacerbates the health disparities that have led to a rate of HIV in African American women that is 20 times higher than that seen in their Caucasian counterparts.
It was good to hear the President acknowledge the need for us, as a nation, to reduce our judgment of people with HIV. I was particularly impressed by his call for community leaders to embrace everyone infected with the virus. I really do think that reducing discrimination is essential before we can hope for changes in the social structures that encourage the spread of this devastating disease.