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Jimmy Kolker

Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Fighting HIV: No Health without Mental Health

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Summary: Mental and substance use disorders can increase vulnerability to acquiring HIV infection and they can pose serious barriers to successful management of HIV. In 2014, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched a Fast Track strategy to eliminate HIV by 2030 . Fast Track encompasses efforts to increase testing, and more rapid…

World AIDS Day 2015: We Are Better Equipped Than Ever to Fight HIV

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December 1 marks World AIDS Day, and even though we’ve been fighting HIV and AIDS for more than 30 years, it’s fitting that this year’s theme is “The Time to Act is Now.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is committed to high-quality health care for every American. In August, the United States…

For an AIDS-Free Generation: Access to Drugs and Diagnostics Is Essential

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On World AIDS Day this year, tens of millions of people with HIV are now living healthy, productive lives because of access to safe and lower priced medicines. We rejoice in this achievement, because all people, no matter how rich or poor, deserve to have the medicines they need to live their lives in the…

Breaking the Silence around Global Viral Hepatitis

Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs

July 28 marked World Hepatitis Day—a day to reflect on the impact viral hepatitis has on millions of lives around the world and celebrate the progress we’ve made in preventing and treating millions more. Viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers and the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Preventing and…