World AIDS Day 2019

December 1 is World AIDS Day, and we invite you to join CDC and the global community in marking this observance. This year, the U.S. Government’s theme, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community, reinforces our commitment to achieving control of the HIV epidemic through partnerships with communities around the world. More than three decades after the first cases were reported, HIV remains a leading cause of death and a health threat to millions worldwide.

With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC works side-by-side with ministries of health; private, civil society, and faith-based organizations; and other on-the-ground partners to improve methods for finding, treating, and preventing HIV. CDC is helping drive progress against global HIV/AIDS using targeted treatment and prevention initiatives.

A Letter from the CDC Director

The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community. Let us mark this occasion by recommitting to our collective efforts to eliminate HIV in America and globally.

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Partnering to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Worldwide

CDC’s Dr. Minesh Shah, an internal medicine physician and a medical officer in the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, and Matsepo Mary-Anna Dee Mphafi, an HIV peer counselor in Lesotho with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, discuss their inspiring work to fight HIV around the world as part of PEPFAR.

Accelerating Epidemic Control in South Africa

CDC is supporting Siyenza, a results-oriented initiative that’s laser-focused on scaling up proven public health interventions at the clinical level. Siyenza (an isiZulu word meaning “We are doing it”) is rapidly identifying people living with previously undiagnosed HIV, initiating them on lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, and finding innovative ways to retain them on treatment to achieve suppression of the virus. Read More

Faces from the Frontlines

Learn more about CDC’s critical role in ending HIV and tuberculosis through “Faces from the Frontlines,” an online gallery including stories of individuals at the forefront of the global response to these epidemics.

Once an orphan herself, Nthabiseng now serves as a community caregiver to children orphaned by HIV

On the Frontlines

Once an orphan herself, Nthabiseng now serves as a community caregiver to children orphaned by HIV.

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A Community of Care

Protecting the Unprotected

Once an orphan herself, Nthabiseng now serves as a community caregiver to children orphaned by HIV.

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A Family’s Story

A Family’s Story

Once an orphan herself, Nthabiseng now serves as a community caregiver to children orphaned by HIV.

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Additional Resources

To learn more about CDC’s leading role in the global HIV/TB response, please view the additional resources below.

Showcasing CDC Science

A report in the December 2019 issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes the status of HIV case surveillance systems – the systematic and continuous process of analyzing critical health data on persons living with HIV – in 39 PEPFAR-supported countries.
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World AIDS Day 2019 on CDC.gov

This year’s theme, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community, draws attention to the importance of tailoring efforts for, by, and in communities. Through its domestic and global HIV programs, CDC helps communities select the most effective tools to diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to this disease. Read More


Social Media Cards

Shareable social media graphics that highlight the burden of global HIV/TB, progress to date against these twin epidemics, and CDC’s leadership to help end them.


HIV Fact Sheet

An overview of CDC’s global efforts and return on investments in responding to one of the world’s greatest health threats. Read More

PEPFAR

PEPFAR icon leading to their official website

Visit the PEPFAR website to learn how PEPFAR and CDC are leading efforts to control the HIV epidemic worldwide.

World AIDS Day —
December 1, 2019

World AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1, draws attention to the status of the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic.

HIV Fact Sheet

HIV Factsheet for download

An overview of CDC’s global efforts and return on investments in responding to one of the world’s greatest health threats.

PEPFAR15

PEPFAR15 Page describing how pepfar played a critical role in an effort to save millions of lives across the globe

For fifteen years, CDC has played a critical role in PEPFAR’s efforts to save millions of lives across the globe.