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Closer Than Ever To an AIDS-Free Generation

Dr. Tom Frieden

As CDC Director, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with nurses, doctors, outreach workers, and people living with HIV in communities across the U.S. and around the world. As an infectious disease doctor who trained in New York City before treatment for HIV was available, these meetings are always deeply moving. Together we’ve made enormous…

World AIDS Day 2013—Addiction Treatment Supports AIDS Treatment

NIDA displays panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt

December 1 is World AIDS Day. At NIDA, we always stress the principle that drug abuse treatment is AIDS prevention, because of the close links that exist between drug abuse and the spread of HIV.  Injection drug use alone contributed to more than 7% of new infections in 2011, although the population of people who…

Secretary Sebelius’ Statement for World AIDS Day 2013

World AIDS Day logo

When the World Health Organization established the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988, treatment options for people living with HIV were practically nonexistent, and AIDS was almost invariably fatal. Hope was in short supply, and there seemed to be little reason for optimism. I am grateful that the world is a very different…

Giving Thanks and Gearing Up for World AIDS Day

AIDS ribbon

Today is Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day (December 1) is right around the corner. We at AIDS.gov wanted to take a moment to thank you, the HIV community, for the work that you do. Your commitment is an integral part of what will help bring us closer to an AIDS-free generation. To this end, we’ve…

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…

Join the World AIDS Day Thunderclap for HIV Testing & Services

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We know that using social media can be a powerful way to communicate our messages, and we’re always looking at how we can amplify those messages even more. Last August, Howto.gov hosted a webinar on Thunderclap , a new online tool designed to create action with social media (you can view the webinar here). It inspired…

A Personal Perspective from Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

Ron and Edwin Valdiserri

This World AIDS Day is a time of great hope. We continue to see advances in the response to HIV: treatments have improved, and we now have the Affordable Care Act to help meet the healthcare needs of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. But in this time of hope, the Federal World AIDS Day…

Update: Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh on Faith Communities and World AIDS Day

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor’s Note: The following article comes from the November 15th, 2013 edition of The Partnership Center Newsletter, a publication by the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  On December 1, 2013, we will mark the 25th observance of World AIDS Day. It offers us an opportunity to honor the past, plan for the future…