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Barack Obama Marks His Last World AIDS Day as President

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“I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past eight years.” 

It's a sad truth that Barack Obama's two terms as president are coming to an end, but the changes he's made across the country for marginalized people and the LGBTQ community will remain a part of his legacy.

"I am very proud of what we've accomplished over the past eight years," Obama said in his final World AIDS Day address as POTUS. "What once seemed like an impossible dream--the dream of an AIDS-free generation--is within our grasp."

Obama went on to say that, while medical advancements are promising, there's still work to do to "banish stigma, save lives, and empower everyone to reach their potential."

He cited the first every national strategy that he and his administration implemented to help combat HIV/AIDS, saying, "these past eight years I've been inspired by the incredible spirit and passion of the HIV/AIDS we remember those we've lost, and reflect on the extraordinary progress we've won."

Watch President Obama's statement below, and read his full presidential proclamation here.

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