World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now

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Summary: The U.S. government theme for World AIDS Day 2015 will be “The Time to Act Is Now” We are pleased to announce the theme for World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now. There is no better time than World AIDS Day to recommit ourselves to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This year,…

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 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…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Highlights as IAS 2015 Begins

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After the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) got underway in Vancouver, Canada yesterday, July 20, we spoke by Skype with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He shared some highlights from the first full…

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…

Accelerating Progress Toward an AIDS-free Generation in 2015

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

On World AIDS Day 2014, like many around the world, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) embraced the theme “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” This theme did not set the tone for just one day, but represents a driving principle that underpinned PEPFAR’s activities in 2014 and will drive action into…

The White House Observes World AIDS Day 2014

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On Monday, December 1, 2014, the White House hosted our commemoration of World AIDS Day, welcoming key leaders in the global fight against HIV/AIDS to share highlights of our progress on both the domestic and international responses to the epidemic and discuss important priorities for our next steps. President Obama opened the observance with videotaped…

Conversations in 2014: The Global Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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In the lead-up to our annual observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, we at are reflecting on some of the stories that generated interest on our blog in 2014.  Today, we look back at some of posts about global efforts to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and move us closer to achieving…