World AIDS Day - December 1, 2009

Working Together: World AIDS Day - December 1, 2009. Artwork by S. Varsha, Age 13, India.

"President Obama and I are deeply committed to PEPFAR's continued success. ...And we see PEPFAR's potential to serve as a platform upon which to build other essential health services for individuals and families through the Obama Administration's Global Health Initiative and our commitments to partner with governments to help them develop their own capacity to fight the disease and the epidemics that they themselves are confronting."

- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

On World AIDS Day, we honor the millions of people around the world who have been impacted by the AIDS epidemic - those who are living with HIV, those we have lost, and the caregivers, families, friends and communities who have provided support.

World AIDS day provides us with the opportunity to recognize the significant strides we have made in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last 25 years, and recommit ourselves to joint efforts to overcome the obstacles and challenges that still stand in our way.

Launched in 2003 to combat global AIDS, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment in history by any nation to combat a single disease. The American people have already provided more than $25 billion to the fight against global AIDS. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. Government is also the first and largest single contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Today, an estimated 4 million individuals in low- and middle-income countries have access to antiretroviral treatment. More than half of these men, women and children are supported by the American people.

As PEPFAR goes forward, the United States will support efforts to make health systems more responsive to people living with HIV by increasing integration and facilitating their access to health care services, including those for tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, and family planning. Over the next five years, the United States will partner with nations to build the long-term sustainability of their national HIV/AIDS responses and support country-led efforts to make universal access a reality for their citizens. America is proud to work with people living with HIV/AIDS and other partners to boldly address the human rights challenges that drive the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The United States remains firm in our commitment. Working together, we have begun to turn the tide against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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