Nightly News   |  December 01, 2011

Bono observes World AIDS Day

When he’s not on the road with U2, he's on the road with his various charitable efforts aimed at eradicating AIDS. On World AIDS Day in Washington, Bono, with the help of three U.S. presidents, marked the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. NBC’s Brian Williams has more.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: When he hasn't been on the road with U2 , he's been on the road with his various charitable efforts aimed at eradicating AIDS . And today in Washington , Bono , with the help of three US presidents and a fleet of other dignitaries, marked the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS on this World AIDS Day with a mostly positive assessment.

President BARACK OBAMA: Few could have imagined that we'd be talking about the real possibility of an AIDS -free generation, but that's what we're talking about. That's why we're here.

WILLIAMS: Bono has been kind enough to join us from Washington . And, Bono , it occurs to me, if we were talking about 30 million dead over 30 years in warfare, we'd be angry, we'd be fatigued and we'd be trying to end it. But what was the announcement, the good news that you delivered there in Washington today?

BONO: Well, we are trying to end it. And the good news today on this 30th year anniversary of the discovery of this disease, HIV/AIDS , is that we -- the end is in sight. You can't defeat it until the number of infections are lower than the people you're treating. That's obvious. Well, for the first time that's possible now through getting people these antiretroviral drugs early in the process -- it stops them reinfecting other people -- male circumcision, and actually getting women, pregnant women antiretroviral drugs. That means their children aren't getting infected.

WILLIAMS: So while Americans, really starting with President Bush on forward, have made great achievements in their charity and giving overseas, domestically we have a problem here.

BONO: America has been the turning point in the war, if you'd like. It would be shocking if vigilance was not applied to the domestic area and to certain communities which are still experiencing this disease. That's a -- that's a very good point.

WILLIAMS: Bono , thanks. Great. Congratulations on the effort so far. And we'll cover the campaign as it goes forward. Thank you for being with us from Washington today.

BONO: Thank you.