World AIDS Day 2010
World AIDS Day (December 1) draws attention to the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic worldwide. In the United States, approximately 56,000 persons become infected with HIV each year. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for 1) educating all persons in the United States about the continued risk for HIV, 2) implementing intensive, combined HIV-prevention programs in communities with high HIV prevalence, 3) ensuring access to services, and 4) reducing HIV-related health disparities (1).
Globally, at the beginning of 2003, approximately 50,000 persons were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa, where the need for such therapy was greatest (2). Currently, through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and a partnership among many organizations, approximately 5 million persons receive ART in low-income and middle-income countries (3). Building on these successes, CDC focuses on strengthening systems and capacities of ministries of health to implement sustainable, evidence-based prevention, care, and treatment services. CDC also is working with its partners to ensure cost-effective programming and efficient implementation through increased technical assistance to multiple countries.
- Office of National AIDS Policy. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Washington, DC: Office of National AIDS Policy; 2010. Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap/nhas. Accessed November 16, 2010.
- Office of Global AIDS Coordinator. The U.S. President's emergency plan for AIDS relief: five-year strategy. Annex: PEPFAR and prevention, care, and treatment. Washington, DC: Office of Global AIDS Coordinator; 2009. Available at http://www.pepfar.gov/strategy. Accessed November 16, 2010.
- World Health Organization. More than five million people receiving HIV treatment. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2010. Available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/hiv_treament_20100719. Accessed November 16, 2010.
All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents.
This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version.
Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr)
and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables.
An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371;
telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.
**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.