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Encouraging News on the Scientific Front; Moving It Forward to Policy and Programs

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In last week’s post, I previewed the International AIDS Conference in Rome. This week I’d like to offer some brief reflections on the activity there, and what it means for our PEPFAR programs. For those of us who have been working in this field for some time — which in my case is about 30…

Scientific Advances and the Fight Against AIDS

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This week, I am in Rome, Italy, for the International AIDS Society’s Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention. This gathering of researchers caps a year of incredible scientific announcements, and I anticipate even more at this meeting. Last summer, the PEPFAR-funded CAPRISA study of a tenofovir-based microbicide demonstrated successful proof-of-concept for this female controlled…

Update on Our Partnership With Haiti on Health

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I recently returned from a visit to Haiti. As it recovers from last year’s earthquake, the nation continues to face immense challenges — as it has throughout its difficult history. There is much more work to do there in all sectors, including health. Yet I am encouraged by the resilience of the people, and proud…

Inspiration for a Future Free of HIV

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This week, First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting South Africa and Botswana, focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. Today, Mrs. Obama met with organizations dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including groups that use soccer to convene and educate children about HIV/AIDS. Tomorrow, she will meet with a Teen Club in Botswana…

Secretary Clinton Highlights U.S. Partnership in Fighting AIDS

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Following last week’s United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS, I had the pleasure of joining Secretary Clinton on her visits to Zambia and Tanzania. During visits to sites supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Secretary Clinton joined President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice in reaffirming America’s unwavering commitment to saving…

A Bold New Plan To Eliminate Pediatric HIV Transmission and Keep Mothers Alive

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Today, I was proud to participate in an historic moment in the global HIV response. Standing with former President Bill Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and many others, we joined forces toward an ambitious, yet achievable, goal — ending pediatric AIDS and keeping mothers alive around the globe. In the United States and Europe,…

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….