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CDC works 24/7 to protect the American people from disease, including those that begin overseas. CDC has dedicated and caring experts in over 50 countries. They detect and control outbreaks at their source, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, works 24/7 to protect the American people from disease, including those that begin overseas. In the fight against global HIV/AIDS, CDC plays a unique and essential role in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR. Today, 34 million people are living with HIV, most in sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, 2.7 million more people are infected. Almost 400,000 of these new infections occur in children, and nearly 90% of them are due to mother-to-child HIV transmission. This type of transmission is almost entirely preventable, and has been nearly eliminated in the developed world. Science shows using antiretroviral drugs, can prevent new infections in children and keep their mothers alive. Antiretroviral drugs can also prevent new infections in uninfected partners of HIV positive people. This strategy can dramatically reduce new HIV infections and help turn the tide in the 30-year HIV/AIDS epidemic. As the U.S. science-based public health and disease prevention agency, CDC draws on decades of technical expertise in public health science and support for Ministries of Health in over 75 countries. CDC's unique workforce consists of highly trained clinicians, epidemiologists, public health advisors, and health scientists. Through PEPFAR, these experts work side-by-side with countries to build strong national programs and sustainable public health systems that can respond effectively to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and to other diseases that threaten the health and prosperity of the global community.

  • Page last reviewed: July 20, 2012
  • Page last updated: July 20, 2012
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