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H.R.6187 - Cure for AIDS Act of 2012
To establish a research program under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense to discover a cure for HIV/AIDS.
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Mr. HIMES (for himself and Ms. LEE of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS; FINDINGS.
(3) access to AIDS treatment in the United States and globally needs to continue to be expanded but AIDS treatment is not a cure and not the ultimate solution for the tens of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) to accelerate AIDS cure research and product development, it is becoming increasingly important to invest in areas that can complement the essential role of the National Institutes of Health; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Every 9.5 minutes, a citizen of the United States becomes infected with HIV. Roughly 2,700,000 individuals, including 390,000 children, became newly infected with HIV in 2010 alone.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) In fiscal year 2012, the Federal Government spent $27,700,000,000 on HIV/AIDS, the largest component being services and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States at a cost of $15,600,000,000. The average lifetime cost of HIV treatment is estimated to be $367,134 per person.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) In the last two years, discoveries have led to growing optimism in the scientific community that a cure for AIDS can be found. The eradication of HIV from the body of one individual in Germany has led many scientific leaders to believe that curing AIDS is now possible. Leading researchers believe we are now at the cutting edge of scientific discovery for an AIDS cure with a range of novel approaches being explored, including stem cells, gene therapy, medications, and immune response modifications, such as therapeutic vaccines.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF HIV/AIDS CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Defense, acting through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, shall establish and support an accelerated research program dedicated to the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Scope- To provide the basis for developing a cure for HIV/AIDS, the Secretary shall ensure that research conducted under subsection (a)(1) is highly targeted to address the following scientific questions and priorities:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) RESPONSIBILITIES- The Secretary shall ensure that the responsibilities of a nonprofit entity selected under paragraph (1) include partnering with the Secretary to establish research priorities for peer-reviewed funded research pursuant to subsection (b).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Annual Reports- In each annual report on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program that the Secretary submits to Congress, the Secretary shall include information on the progress of the research program established under subsection (a)(1).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink