The Washington Times - July 15, 2013, 12:45PM

President Obama issued an executive order Monday to enhance the federal government’s response to “the ongoing domestic HIV epidemic,” including expanded testing, the White House said.

The president established a working group consisting of the attorney general and the secretaries of health and human services, housing and labor as well as other agency chiefs to coordinate federal efforts in HIV prevention and care. They are to issue a report within six months on the status of the initiative.

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The White House didn’t say whether the accelerated efforts to increase HIV testing, treatment and other services would cost more money. Mr. Obama said the move will enable the U.S. to “move closer to an AIDS-free generation.”