World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now
December 1, 2015, World AIDS Day
There is no better time than World AIDS Day to recommit ourselves to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This year, we will celebrate the tremendous progress we have made together in expanding access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services, and focus on the potential to achieve sustainable epidemic control and end AIDS as a public health threat.
In 2015, we know what it takes to prevent HIV infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV, and we are building on the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the release of the United States’ National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, and our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Time to Act Is Now looks to the future and demonstrates the urgent need for action today.
The global HIV epidemic requires a coordinated and united response. We hope that you will join us from wherever you are across the globe, and in whatever role you play in your organization, community, or neighborhood, to raise awareness and show how you are taking action.
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By Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, PEPFAR
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, is the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.