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On World AIDS Day, we remember the millions who have died tragically and before their times; we celebrate the remarkable scientific achievements that have given us tools to fight back and to envision a brighter future; and we recommit to taking the next actions needed to bring about the end to HIV as a public health threat.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.9 million people living with HIV. There are 2.1 million new infections every year and 1.2 million deaths. Nearly three-fourths of these new HIV infections are in sub-Saharan African countries.
At this time—nearly 35 years into the epidemic—we have more tools and knowledge than ever before to fight HIV globally. Maximizing these tools requires working together to confront and overcome the challenges that remain. With the global population of young people expected to dramatically increase over the next five years, we must also step up efforts to help both young men and young women stay HIV-free, especially in the developing world.
As a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC provides research, technical assistance and funding support that helps more than 60 countries build capacity for leading and sustaining their national HIV/AIDS programs. CDC’s global HIV/AIDS efforts are grounded in science and are critical to saving lives and preventing new infections.
On this World AIDS Day, CDC stands with our U.S. government colleagues and partners in affirming our collective resolve to meet the ambitious but achievable goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. The path forward is clearer than ever, and the time to act is now.
Message by Shannon Hader, MD, MPH
Director of CDC’s Division of HIV & TB