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CDC: Faces from the Frontlines The Leaders, Experts, Innovators, and Changemakers Transforming the Global HIV Epidemic
CDC: On the Frontlines
CDC: On the Frontlines
CDC: On the Frontlines

CDC ON THE FRONTLINES

The Leaders, Experts, Innovators, and Changemakers Transforming the Global HIV Epidemic
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Even in the face of a pandemic, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) continues to save millions of lives as a leader in the global response to the world’s two deadliest infectious diseases – HIV and TB. As a key implementing agency of PEPFAR, CDC is at the forefront of these global efforts to treat and prevent these diseases. In fact, as of September 30, 2020, as a part of PEPFAR, CDC supported antiretroviral treatment for 40 percent of all people on HIV treatment worldwide.

CDC plays a unique role, bringing scientific know-how and on-the-ground expertise to bring about significant impact in the fight against these diseases. Just last year, our efforts accounted for more than 50 percent of all key PEPFAR outcomes to treat and prevent HIV and TB.

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Antiretroviral Treatment for Men, Women, and Children**

PEPFAR: 17.2 Million

CDC: 10.5 Million

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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcisions (VMMC)****

PEPFAR: 25.3 Million

CDC: 13 Million

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People Who Received a Positive HIV Test Result***

PEPFAR: 2.7 Million

CDC: 1.6 Million

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HIV-Positive Persons Screened in Care for Tuberculosis***

PEPFAR: 13.6 Million

CDC: 8.1 Million

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Antiretroviral Treatment to Prevent Mother-to-child Transmission***

PEPFAR: 790,000

CDC: 483,000

Sources: U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

*Other USG agencies may have also contributed to some of these achievements **As of Sept 30, 2020 ***FY2020 ****Cumulative through Sept 30, 2020

Over a ten-day period, CDC and photo documentarian Thom Pierce traveled to the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic in South Africa to capture the faces and stories of the individuals at the forefront of CDC’s global response against this epidemic. These are their voices.

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Community of Care

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Now, we are able to get our medication almost in our own back yard.

Photo Left: Sisters and neighbors, Thandazili and Sbusile are part of a CDC-supported Community ART Support Group that helps increase access for those in need of HIV treatment. Photo by:  Thom Pierce 2018

HIV Treatment

CDC is at the forefront of efforts to get life-saving treatment to millions of people living with HIV around the world. As of September 30, 2020, as a part of PEPFAR, CDC supported antiretroviral treatment for 10.5 million people living with HIV – 40 % of all people on treatment worldwide.

One Man’s Life-Changing Decision

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“I’m glad I decided to do it. I feel like I'm doing something positive for my health. It's the best decision I could’ve made!”

Photo Right: Thirty year-old Jason consults with a surgeon at the Winnie Mandela Male Sexual Health Clinic in Tembisa just prior to undergoing voluntary medical male circumcision to protect himself from HIV. Photo by:  Thom Pierce 2018

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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

VMMC has been shown to reduce a man’s risk of acquiring HIV by up to 60 percent. To date, as of September 30, 2020, CDC has supported VMMC procedures for 13 million men in Southern and Eastern Africa – just over half (51%) of all VMMC procedures supported by PEPFAR.

Taking the Test on the Road

A Young Man in Search of Answers

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I am so thankful I got tested today. It’s just so important.

Photo Left: Twenty-nine year old Archibald speaks with CDC-South Africa Public Health Specialist, Dr. Rayna Taback-Esra, before getting an HIV test at a community mobile testing site. Photo by:  Thom Pierce 2018

HIV Diagnoses

Helping people with HIV know their status and start immediately on treatment allows them to live longer, healthier lives and interrupts the spread of HIV. In 2020, CDC helped 1.6 million people learn their HIV-positive status, nearly 60 % (59%) of all new HIV diagnoses identified through PEPFAR.

Two Epidemics. One Mission.

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We’re not just talking about HIV and TB integration; we’re making it happen!

Photo Right: CDC’s Dr. Hloniphile Mabuza and colleagues at the Prince Cyril Zulu Communicable Disease Center are transforming the way health facilities are fighting HIV and TB in tandem. Photo by:  Thom Pierce 2018

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TB Screening for People Living with HIV

TB is the top killer worldwide of people living with HIV, whose weakened immune systems make them highly susceptible to becoming ill with TB. As of September 30, 2020, CDC supported TB screenings for 8.1 million people with HIV – nearly 60% (59%) of all people with HIV screened for TB through PEPFAR.

Protecting the Next Generation

One Mother's Journey

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He is HIV negative and this is the biggest blessing in my life.

Photo Left: Thobile and her husband are HIV positive, but their baby is HIV negative thanks to Thobile’s adherence to HIV treatment throughout her pregnancy. Photo by:  Thom Pierce 2018

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT)

Increasing the number of pregnant women on life-saving HIV treatment helps mothers live longer, healthier lives and helps eliminate new infections among their children. In 2020, CDC supported treatment for 483,000 HIV-positive, pregnant women to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission – approximately 60% (61%) of all pregnant women who received HIV treatment through PEPFAR.

Faces from the Frontlines

Visit our “Faces from the Frontlines” gallery and view the video feature below to learn more about those at the forefront of CDC’s global response to HIV and TB. Highlighting their innovations and tireless efforts, these images and stories offer a snapshot into the work CDC and PEPFAR are leading around the world.

Since 2003, CDC and other PEPFAR implementing partners have helped save more than 20 million lives. Worldwide, we’ve witnessed resilience with experts balancing HIV work with competing priorities of the COVID-19 response and yet finding innovative ways to protect the public’s health. 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.

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