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World AIDS Day 2008: Celebrate Life!

On World AIDS Day 2008, we celebrate life. In countless communities around the world, through partnerships with the American people, courageous individuals in nations devastated by HIV/AIDS are choosing life, saving the lives of their fellow countrymen and women, and creating hope for a future free of HIV/AIDS. Through the power of these partnerships, the American people and the dedicated men and women in nations devastated by HIV/ AIDS have proven that the seemingly impossible is possible.

On December 1, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced that the United States has fulfilled its commitment early to support treatment for two million people. As of September 30, 2008, PEPFAR supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.1 million men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS around the world. When President George W. Bush announced PEPFAR in 2003, it was estimated that only 50,000 people were receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, PEPFAR supports treatment for more than 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa -- forty times the number receiving treatment only five years ago.

As of September 30, 2008, nearly 9.7 million people affected by HIV/AIDS in PEPFAR's 15 focus countries had received compassionate care, including nearly 4 million orphans and vulnerable children. It is safe to say that as of December 1, 2008, the U.S. also has met the goal of supporting care for 10 million people affected by HIV in the focus countries. Globally, the U.S. is supporting care for over 10.1 million, including over 4 million children.

In addition, nearly 240,000 babies have been born free of HIV, due to the support of the American people for programs to prevent mothers from passing the virus on to their children. And PEPFAR has supported a strategic prevention portfolio which includes Abstinence, Be faithful, and correct and consistent use of Condoms, providing ABC prevention messages in hundreds of millions of encounters. [more]

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President Bush Signs PEPFAR Reauthorization Legislation

President George W. Bush is joined by Annette Lantos, right, and invited guests Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in the East Room of the White House, as he signs H.R. 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde UnOn July 30, 2008, President Bush signed into law H.R. 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act. In 2003, President Bush launched the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to combat global HIV/AIDS - the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in human history. The new legislation will dramatically increase the financial commitment to this fight - authorizing up to $48 billion to combat global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Under this legislation, the next phase of the American people's commitment to those suffering from HIV/AIDS will support treatment for at least 3 million people; prevention of 12 million new infections; and care for 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children.


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Click here to view PEPFAR's Saving Lives Creating Hope documentary. 

Fourth Annual Report to Congress on PEPFAR 


PMTCT Advisory Panel on January 9
  -- The PEPFAR Meeting of the Expert Panel on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV will meet January 9 at Peace Corps Headquarters, Washington, DC



Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation
  -- Premier Global Companies, U.S. Government Launch Unprecedented Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation



Policy Podcast with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Mark Dybul
  --  Watch Ambassador Dybul Discuss the United States' Global Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS with State Department Press Secretary Sean McCormack

PEPFAR Highlights

 -- The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - December 2008 Newsletter

  -- Collaborative Partnership Formed to Improve the Health of Health Care Workers


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  Annual Report to Congress

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