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Francis S. Collins

M.D., Ph.D., NIH Director 

Statement on NIH Efforts to Focus Research to End the AIDS Pandemic

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Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. But the disease remains a significant public…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2014

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Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first annual World AIDS Day was commemorated 26 years ago. Yet, we are still far from achieving our goal of a world without AIDS. In 2013, more than 2 million people globally became newly infected with HIV, and 1.5 million people died from…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2013

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In the 25 years that have passed since the first annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, extraordinary scientific progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That progress has turned an HIV diagnosis from an almost-certain death sentence to what is now for many, a manageable medical condition and nearly normal lifespan. We have…