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Global HIV/AIDS: A Moment To Look Back, and To Move Ahead

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This week, I am in New York for the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. This discussion will mark critical milestones, including three decades of the pandemic and the 10-year anniversary of the 2001 UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and the resulting Declaration of Commitment. The past decade has seen remarkable advances in the…

Secretary Clinton Marks the 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton marked the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS, releasing the following statement: “As we commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States, we take time to remember those who have been affected by this devastating disease and recommit ourselves to eradicating this terrible scourge….

My Visit to Swaziland: The Country with the World’s Highest HIV Prevalence Rate

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Last week, I wrote about my attendance at the PEPFAR annual meeting in South Africa, the country that has more people living with HIV (over 5 million) than any other country in the world.  After this meeting, I visited the neighboring country of Swaziland, which has the unwelcome distinction of having the highest HIV and…

An Update on the Global Fund Board Meeting

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Late last week in Geneva, Martin Dinham, a former Director General in the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng, Health Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, were elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They were voted in as…

Learning From Our Global HIV/AIDS Programs

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Last week, I was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I attended the annual meeting of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Known as PEPFAR, this is the United States global HIV/AIDS program that was established by President Bush.  PEPFAR has been continued and strongly supported by President Obama.  The focus of this Administration has…

PEPFAR’s Partnership With the Global Fund Improves the Response to HIV/AIDS

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This week in Johannesburg, South Africa, PEPFAR is convening its annual meeting. U.S. Government global health leaders and staff are working together to identify opportunities to build on the impressive achievements our programs have made so far. Throughout the week here on Dipnote, I am providing updates on our collaboration to further our vision of…

Preventing HIV Infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This week I am traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that, while facing many challenges, is home to families who are seeking to build a better future. Health is an important part of a better future for the DRC, and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) is a key example…

PEPFAR and Ukraine: A Partnership To Stop the Spread of HIV

Ambassador Eric Goosby in the Ukraine

I recently visited Ukraine for the first time in my role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. I was pleased to have the opportunity to return to Ukraine, a country where I have spent considerable time working to strengthen HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Ukraine is currently experiencing the most severe HIV epidemic in Europe…