Ambassador Birx: World AIDS Day Message and More

Deborah Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

In preparation for World AIDS Day 2015, spoke with Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, M.D., the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. She talked about the importance of World AIDS Day and the factors that could enable the U.S. and its PEPFAR partners to reduce the number of new…

Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls

Dr. Shannon Hader, Director, Division of Global HIV & TB, CDC

Editor’s Note: In observance of International Day of the Girl, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided this information. You can learn more about CDC efforts to fight HIV among young women and girls around the world here.   Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women  [PDF 2,597 KB] are infected with…

Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy on Translating the Vision Into Action: Fast-Tracking to an AIDS-free Generation

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Imagine a world where we have everything we need to reduce new HIV infections by 90 percent. Imagine the creation of an AIDS-free generation, the end of HIV as a public health threat. An AIDS-free generation. This is not a distant dream – it is the extraordinary moment before us right now. This week at…

Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on New PEPFAR Targets

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We are at a pivotal moment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Globally, both new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths are down by more than 40 percent since their peak. This Administration has invested nearly $50 billion through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to achieve an AIDS-free generation, building on the…

Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day


Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on Friday, May 15 by Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to commemorate today’s observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. May 15, 2015 With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort…

NIH, South African Medical Research Council award $8 million in HIV, TB grants

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The National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) are awarding 31 grants to U.S. and South African scientists to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related co-morbidities and cancers. The awards, which total $8 million in first-year funding, are the first to be issued through the South Africa–U.S. Program for…

Conversations from CROI 2015: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. ( Video)

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We continue our coverage of the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) with this conversation between’s Miguel Gomez and Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, Coordinator of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. CROI is an annual convening of 4,000 of the top basic,…

Key Populations Essential to Realize An AIDS-Free Generation


As we commemorate World AIDS Day this year, let’s take a moment to remember how far we’ve come, and where we must go. There are currently 35 million people living with HIV worldwide, and 13.6 million of those people are receiving antiretroviral therapy. New HIV infections continue to decline each year, with 2.1 million in 2013,…