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With a national action plan to address this major public health issue that mobilizes all sectors of our society, combined with continuing global investment and leadership, perhaps one day people have to turn to the history books to learn there ever was a disease called AIDS.

Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., is a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service and is senior policy and medical adviser at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. She was assistant surgeon general of the United States and is a clinical professor at Georgetown School of Medicine. Melissa Shive, a former research assistant at amfAR, is a medical student at the University of California-San Francisco.