Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday announced the Obama administration's blueprint for an AIDS-free generation.

Clinton made her remarks in recognition of World AIDS Day, which takes place Saturday, December 1.

“I am so pleased to have this opportunity to unveil, formally, the blueprint for an AIDS-free generation,” she said.

“Now, make no mistake about it: HIV may well be with us into the future. But the disease that it causes need not be. We can reach a point where virtually no children are born with the virus, and as these children become teenagers and adults, they are at a far lower risk of becoming infected than they are today. And if they do acquire HIV, they have access to treatment that helps prevent them from not only … developing AIDS, but from … passing the virus on to others.”

The blueprint calls for driving down new infections while increasing access to treatment, Clinton said.

“So as we continue to drive down the number of new infections and drive up the number of people on treatment, eventually we will be able to treat more people than become infected every year. That will be the tipping point. We will then get ahead of the pandemic, and an AIDS-free generation will be in our sight. Now, we don't know how long it will take to do this everywhere, but we know that we can do it.” (Video of a portion of her remarks is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)