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December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the global response to HIV/AIDS, support people living with HIV, and honor lives lost to the HIV epidemic. HIV continues to be a leading cause of death, with more than 690,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses in 2019. Today, over 38 million people are living with HIV worldwide.
In countries supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), sustained progress has been made towards achieving global targets for HIV epidemic control. Following the onset of COVID-19, HIV programs and partners quickly pivoted and rapidly innovated operations to ensure continuity of services, including delivery of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. Programs must implement and standardize the lessons that we’ve learned about adaptation and how to reach people successfully, which COVID-19 hastened, to ensure resilient health systems.
Lesotho and Zimbabwe Surpass Targets for HIV Epidemic Control
Data from the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment surveys show Lesotho and Zimbabwe have made remarkable progress towards HIV epidemic control.
Nurses at Risk of COVID-19 Telework to Help HIV Patients in South Africa
A plan implemented in South Africa allowed a group of eight nurses over age 60 to continue working safely from home.
“Backpack” Workers and Volunteers Provide PrEP for Vulnerable Populations in Tanzania
CDC and partner ICAP provide comprehensive, community-based HIV prevention services to key populations in seven regions across Tanzania.
The Global Health Impact of COVID-19 (Sept. 8, 2020)external icon
Infectious Disease Society of America