World AIDS Day 2017

Students at Therisanyo Primary School in Gaborone demonstrate the strong partnership between the U.S and Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Students at Therisanyo Primary School in Gaborone demonstrate the strong partnership between the U.S and Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
George W. Bush Institute


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been on the forefront of combating HIV/AIDS around the world for more than 30 years. On December 1, World AIDS Day, we remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and honor those who continue to work toward achieving control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships. As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the impact global partnerships between USAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and our implementing partners have had worldwide.

  • The U.S. Government, through PEPFAR, has helped not only save and improve millions of lives, but also transformed the global HIV/AIDS response. The end of HIV/AIDS as a public health threat is finally in sight.
  • To help reach this goal, in September 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson launched the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017–2020) [PDF, 2.9MB]. The Strategy reaffirms that the U.S. Government, through PEPFAR, will continue to support HIV/AIDS efforts toward achieving epidemic control in more than 50 countries; provide services for orphans and vulnerable children; ensure access to HIV services by all populations, including the most vulnerable and at-risk groups; and accelerate progress in a subset of 13 high-burden countries with the greatest potential to achieve epidemic control by 2020.
  • Under PEPFAR, USAID is maximizing our impact by making smart investments to reach those most at risk and in need, ultimately preventing millions of new HIV infections and saving millions of lives. USAID is using data to invest in evidence-based interventions in the geographic areas and populations with the greatest HIV/AIDS burden.
  • 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 epidemic. Through PEPFAR, USAID is proud to partner with country 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.

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  • View our World AIDS Day 2017 photo contest entries on the OHA Flickr page and see the winners on the USAID Instagram.
  • Join the conversation on social media using #WAD2017 and #EndAIDS
  • Help highlight the important work being done to achieve control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and join the conversation commemorating World AIDS Day. Discover the World AIDS Day 2017 social media toolkit for key messages, suggested social media posts and shareable graphics.

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Last updated: December 01, 2017

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