World AIDS Day 2013
Each year on December 1, CDC and its offices around the globe observe World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS worldwide. The first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported over 30 years ago in the June 5, 1981 issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Since that time, people living with HIV/AIDS, researchers, health professionals, non-profit organizations, governments and activists across the globe have worked together to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. On World AIDS Day, we recognize our successes to-date and commit to saving even more lives.
Landmark scientific advances coupled with success in implementing effective programs have put the world at the point where an AIDS-free generation is in sight. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day, “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation,” reflects the global commitment needed to achieve that inspiring goal championed by President Barack Obama. As a principle implementing agency for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC provides support to more than 70 countries to build capacity for leading and sustaining their national HIV/AIDS programs. We know what we must do to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and together we can make it a reality.
CDC World AIDS Day Activities Around the Globe
Kenya – King of Condoms and other activities
In addition to supporting voluntary testing and counseling for individuals, CDC-Kenya has helped initiate new HIV testing strategies to address the needs of Kenyans, including couples counseling, provider-initiated testing and counseling, and home-based testing and counseling. For World AIDS Day 2013, CDC-Kenya collaborated with partner Liverpool VCT to provide HIV testing and counseling services for three days on the CDC and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) campuses in Nairobi.
LVCT community mobilizer, Stanley Ngara, the “King of Condoms” (photo at left), visited the KEMRI and CDC campuses to encourage people to know their status and to explain how to prevent HIV by knowing your partner’s status and properly using both male and female condoms.
Additional World AIDS Day 2013 activities in Kenya included the following:
- CDC-Kenya faith-based partner, Coptic Hospital, hosted a World AIDS Day event in Nairobi. Dr. Kevin DeCock, CDC-Kenya country director and director of CDC’s HIV/AIDS activities in Kenya, addressed those at the event about the progress and way forward in achieving an AIDS-Free Generation.
- CDC-Kenya staff participated in several radio interviews in English, Kiswahili, and Luo to discuss HIV prevention and HIV care and treatment with Kenyans.
- CDC-Kenya staff and families who reside in Kisumu, Kenya, are supporting and participating in the Kisumu World AIDS Day Marathon.
- CDC-Kenya staff are engaging in outreach to U.S. Embassy staff who do not work in HIV to answer questions and provide information on HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Thailand – A Reception with the Ambassador
The United States and Thailand have a rich history of collaboration and partnership in responding to HIV. This World AIDS Day, the PEPFAR Thailand team, including CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS in Thailand, will join the U.S. Ambassador at a reception she is hosting for a wide range of United States and Thai stakeholders. The reception will bring together Thai civil society organizations and community advocates, health care providers, research institutions, the Ministry of Health and other national partners, and U.S. agencies in Thailand to celebrate the Thai-US collaboration and highlight the progress that Thailand has made thus far in addressing HIV across the region. It will also increase attention to the HIV epidemic and demonstrate the U.S. Government's commitment to reducing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. In addition to this gathering, the PEPFAR Thailand team will participate with the Thai Ministry of Public Health during its World AIDS Day activities, helping to disseminate knowledge about HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Uzbekistan – Chai Chat
On November 27, the CDC team in Uzbekistan hosted a Chai Chat event to discuss World AIDS Day. Participants, mostly adolescents and young adults, learned about the history of the World AIDS Day, the meaning of its symbol (red ribbon), as well as the basic epidemiology of HIV infection, prevention, treatment, and awareness. The event ended with a short Q&A session.
Vietnam – Video Contest
Almost 10 years ago, Vietnam was the first country in Asia chosen to receive PEPFAR support to fight HIV/AIDS. Since receiving PEPFAR funds in 2004, the United States and Vietnam have come together as partners, strengthening the national health system to prevent HIV and provide care and treatment for people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. To celebrate this partnership and to encourage a vibrant offline and online discussion in the month leading up to World AIDS Day, PEPFAR asked Vietnam... If you had one minute to tell the world how you feel about HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, what would you say?
PEPFAR invited Vietnamese citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to create an original one-minute video expressing their personal views on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vietnam and upload it to the Internet for a chance to win an iPhone 5c, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch Generation 5. The winner will also win a trip to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to attend the award ceremony, and have their video featured on the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General’s YouTube channels. The contest began on October 23 and closed on Monday, November 18, 2013. Award ceremonies will be held the last week of November at the American Centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
CDC World AIDS Day Articles and Additional Resources
- CDC World AIDS Day feature article
- World AIDS Day video message by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden
- World AIDS Day Blog: Closer than Ever to an AIDS-Free Generation by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden
- CDC’s Center for Global Health (CGH) World AIDS Day Feature
- President Obama's World AIDS Day Proclamation
- Secretary Kerry's World AIDS Day Statement
- World AIDS Day Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- World AIDS Day Blog: Celebrating a Decade of Progress Fighting Global HIV/AIDS by Deborah Birx, MD, Director of the Division for Global HIV/AIDS at CDC
- AIDS.gov World AIDS Day Web Page