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Focus, Partner, Achieve: US Government in Action for World AIDS Day 2014

World AIDS Day logoWorld AIDS Day brings staff from across the U.S. Government together to reflect on and extend our contributions to the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic—both at home and internationally. We wanted you to be aware of key Federal activities for World AIDS Day 2014.

White House
On December 1, the White House hosted a World AIDS Day event featuring key figures in the global response to the epidemic. Please read this blog post by Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, for in-depth coverage of the event. Also on World AIDS Day, the White House released a progress report on implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Read the report, Update of 2014 Federal Actions to Achieve National Goals and Improve Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum

We also encourage you to watch and share President Obama’s World AIDS Day video message Exit Disclaimer and the Presidential proclamation.

PEPFAR observed World AIDS Day with the release of new data on its efforts and information about new initiatives and partnerships targeted to key populations:

Affordable Care Act(ACA)
World AIDS Day allowed Federal departments/agencies to highlight opportunities for  persons living with or risk for HIV/AIDS to get covered, get care, and stay healthy.

On November 24, hosted a national webinar on the importance of the ACA for people living with HIV (PLWH). The event was targeted to stakeholders serving disproportionately affected communities and featured speakers from key Federal domestic HIV programs to highlight how the ACA benefits PLWH, and inspire stakeholders to recognize World AIDS Day and to support efforts to enroll people living with or at risk for HIV in health coverage available through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period. You can access the audio file (114MB MP3), slides (2MB PDF) and the transcript (108KB PDF) on our Webinars page.

Key Federal Activities offered blogs, tweets, photos, Facebook and Instagram posts, and materials to commemorate World AIDS Day and to engage others in observing it. Those efforts included:

  • A video by Dr. Ronald Valdiserri Exit Disclaimer which explains the Federal theme for 2014: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation
  • Daily tips on event ideas for World AIDS Day on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Multiple blog posts, including those announcing the Vital Signs data release, and guest blogs by: Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS; David Stanton, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID; and a post by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Ambassador Jimmy Kolker from the HHS Office of Global Affairs.

World AIDS Day is the foremost observance for those working on, living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV—and it also sets the stage for all the national HIV/AIDS Awareness Days and our collective work every day. How will you focus, partner, and achieve in the year ahead?