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Forty Years of HIV

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Forty years ago, on June 5th, the CDC reported on the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS.

“Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – and as the largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – the U.S. has invested more than $85 billion since 2002 to support HIV programs around the world…All told, these efforts are estimated to have saved more than 20 million lives globally.”

U.S. President Joe Biden

In commemorating the fortieth anniversary of AIDS, we honor the more than 32 million men, women, and children that we have lost to AIDS-related illness globally. We also celebrate the more than 38 million people worldwide who are bravely living with HIV around the world.

The U.S. government is taking this important moment to reflect, recommit, reenergize, and reengage. Working together with our many partners across America and around the globe, through programs like PEPFAR, we rededicate ourselves to the goal of ending the HIV epidemic everywhere.

Statements & Remarks:

Statement by President Joe Biden Recognizing the 40th Year of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic 

Statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken On the 40th Anniversary of the First Reported Cases of AIDS

Video remarks by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic 

Statement by USAID Administrator Samantha Power Reflecting On 40 Years Of Progress Tackling HIV/AIDS 

Video remarks by NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci on 40 Years of HIV and AIDS 

Dear Colleague Letter by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on 40 Years of HIV Progress 

PEPFAR & HHS Article: “40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic” 

Read our latest fact sheet and global results:

PEPFAR Overall Fact Sheet (JUNE 2021) [729 KB]

PEPFAR Latest Global Results (JUNE 2021) 

Reflecting on those we have lost to AIDS.
Recommitting to ending the HIV epidemic.
Reenergizing our HIV response.
Reengaging with our partners.
Remembering the 32.7m we have lost to AIDS.
Celebrating the 38m people living with HIV.
PEPFAR has saved more than 20m lives.
The U.S. has invested over $85b in the global AIDS response.
We have come a long way in 40 years.
PEPFAR supports country health capacity.

U.S. Department of State

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