CDC on the Frontlines: The Leaders, Experts, Innovators, and Changemakers Transforming the Global HIV Epidemic

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“Every day, I get to help a young person take a positive step towards bettering their health.”

Lindiwe Msimang (left) DREAMS Coordinator uMgungundlovu, South Africa FACES from the FRONTLINES.

As an implementing agency of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC is at the forefront of the global response to the world’s two deadliest infectious diseases – HIV and TB. CDC plays a unique role, bringing scientific know-how and on-the-ground expertise to bring about significant impact in the fight against these dual epidemics. Just within this past year, our efforts accounted for more than 50 percent of key PEPFAR outcomes to treat and prevent HIV and TB. These outcomes are driving progress towards ending these diseases, saving millions of lives at home and abroad, and saving costs into the future.

HIV Care and Treatment

CDC is at the forefront of efforts to get life-saving treatment to millions of people around the world living with HIV. In 2019, CDC, through PEPFAR, supported lifesaving treatment for 9.2 million people living with HIV, more than one third of all people on treatment worldwide.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

VMMC has been shown to reduce a man’s risk of acquiring HIV up to 60 percent. As of September 30, 2019, CDC has supported VMMC procedures for 11.5 million men in Southern and Eastern Africa – half (50%) of all VMMC procedures supported by PEPFAR.

HIV Diagnoses

Helping people with HIV know their status and start immediately on treatment allows them to live longer and healthier lives and interrupts the spread of HIV. In 2019, CDC helped 1.7 million people learn their HIV-positive status, more than half (57%) of all new HIV diagnoses identified through PEPFAR. <

TB Screening For People Living with HIV

TB is the top killer of people living with HIV, whose weakened immune systems make them susceptible to becoming ill with TB. In 2019, CDC supported TB screenings for 6.8 million people with HIV – nearly 60% (58%) of all people with HIV screened for TB through PEPFAR.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

Increasing the number of pregnant women on life-saving HIV treatment helps mothers live longer, healthier lives and helps eliminate new infections among children. In 2019, through PEPFAR, CDC supported treatment for 482,000 HIV-positive, pregnant women to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission.

Since 2003, CDC and other PEPFAR implementing partners have helped save more than 17 million lives. While we’ve made great progress, we urgently need to do more. We cannot stop now. Continuing this momentum is critical to controlling and ultimately ending the global HIV and TB epidemics.

To learn about CDC’s work on the frontlines of the global fight against HIV and TB, scan this QR code, using your smart phone. Faces from the Frontlines at

Page last reviewed: February 14, 2020
Content source: Global Health