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Each year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day and reflect on the continuing global AIDS response, which is especially poignant this year as we mark 40 years since the first reported cases of what would later become known as AIDS. We honor and remember the 36.3 million people who have died of AIDS-related illness worldwide and renew our commitment to the 37.7 million people living with HIV globally.

The U.S. Government’s theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice, which highlights the strong, bipartisan U.S. commitment across Administrations and from the Congress to ending the HIV epidemic globally by addressing health inequities and elevating the voices of people living with and affected by HIV.

Since 2003, PEPFAR has saved more than 21 million lives, prevented millions of HIV infections, and supported at least 20 countries to achieve epidemic control of HIV or reach their ambitious 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets. PEPFAR has also proven remarkably resilient in protecting and advancing hard-fought HIV gains as well as creating the backbone to fight other health threats, including COVID-19, particularly in Africa – contributing to greater global health security and pandemic preparedness.

PEPFAR World AIDS Day 2021 Resources

Other U.S. Government World AIDS Day 2021 Resources

Overseas World AIDS Day Activities and Resources

U.S. Department of State

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