Republicans skimp on Bush-era AIDS relief for Kenya

When Ms. Minne Gachau’s husband died from AIDS-related complications in 2006, she was still too scared to confide in friends and relatives in her home in Nakuru, a city in Kenya’s Rift Valley, that she had also been diagnosed HIV-positive.

It was only after the couple’s young son also tested positive and started to receive antiretroviral treatment that Ms. Gachau sought medication for herself. Today, she works with pregnant women to prevent HIV transmission to their babies.

Ms. Gachau is one of the nearly 1.3 million Kenyans who have received HIV/AIDS treatment through a program launched in 2003 by then U.S. President George. W. Bush and renewed in five-year cycles ever since.

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