The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships.”

World Aids Day 2017
  • This theme reflects the U.S. government’s longstanding leadership in addressing global HIV/AIDS, increasing our impact to move epidemics from crisis toward control.  It also highlights the historic opportunity to accelerate progress toward controlling, and ultimately ending, the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in countries around the world.  Finally, it emphasizes the critical role of transparency, accountability, and partnerships in reaching these goals.
  • The U.S. government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has helped not only save and improve millions of lives, but also transformed the global HIV/AIDS response.
  • We are at an unprecedented moment in the global HIV/AIDS response.  For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to change the very course of a pandemic by controlling it without a vaccine or a cure.  Controlling the pandemic will lay the groundwork for eliminating or eradicating HIV, which we hope will be possible through the future scientific breakthroughs of an effective HIV vaccine and cure.
  • The latest PEPFAR data from its Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) show that 5 high-burden African countries are already approaching control of their HIV/AIDS epidemics, something that would have once seemed impossible.
  • Building on this progress, at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson launched the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020).
  • The Strategy demonstrates both the courage of our convictions and the boldness of our ambitions.  It reaffirms that the U.S. government, through PEPFAR, will continue to support HIV/AIDS efforts toward achieving epidemic control in more than 50 countries, ensuring access to HIV services by all populations, including the most vulnerable and at-risk groups.
  • The Strategy also sets a bold course for accelerated PEPFAR-supported implementation in a subset of 13 high-burden countries, which have the greatest potential to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control by 2020.  PEPFAR will support these 13 countries to reach 90 percent of people living with HIV who know their status, 90 percent of people who know their status accessing treatment, and 90 percent of people on treatment having suppressed viral loads across all ages, genders, and at-risk groups in the next three years.
  • Epidemic control will only be attained when these targets are met for adults and children.  All PEPFAR-supported countries will benefit from the lessons learned in these 13 countries, showing how effective service delivery and the rapid implementation of key policies can allow programs and funding to deliver results.
  • The U.S. government continues to lead the way in the global HIV/AIDS response.  But no one country or entity alone can end the AIDS pandemic.  We are proud to partner with partner governments, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society and faith-based organizations, people living with HIV and many others in this work.  Through this collective effort, we also expect to reduce the future costs required to sustain the HIV/AIDS response.
  • To accelerate progress toward HIV/AIDS epidemic control, PEPFAR continues to leverage the capabilities, assets, and technological know-how of the private sector, creating innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • The U.S. government’s leadership and commitment are a direct reflection of the goodwill, compassion, and generosity of the American people. The innovative scientific discovery and program implementation that we have supported have fueled progress toward controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in several high-burden countries, laying the groundwork for what can be accomplished with an eventual HIV vaccine and/or cure.
  • Through transparency, accountability, and the power of partnership, we can accelerate progress toward reaching our goals.