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Opinion Pieces Published In Recognition Of World AIDS Day

The following summaries represent some of the many opinion pieces published to recognize World AIDS Day, December 1. Chris Beyrer and Michel Kazatchkine, BBC News: “[T]he recurring themes of stigma and discrimination at the social, cultural and political levels” are preventing key affected populations, such as men who have sex…

Lawmakers, Activists Pressure Obama To Act On HIV/AIDS, USA TODAY Reports

“President Obama is facing renewed pressure from U.S. lawmakers and activists to take legacy-setting action to combat HIV/AIDS,” USA TODAY reports, noting recent actions by members of Congress and AIDS activists in the U.S. and abroad urging Obama to scale up the number of people receiving treatment under PEPFAR and…

AIDS.gov Blog Posts Address World AIDS Day

The AIDS.gov blog has published several posts in recognition of Worlds AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1. In the first post, Deborah Birx, director of the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the Center for Global Health, reflects on the theme for this World AIDS Day — Shared Responsibility:…

CGD Blog Reviews Recent AIDS News

Jenny Ottenhoff, a policy outreach associate for global health at the Center for Global Development (CGD), presents a round up of World AIDS Day news in the center’s “Global Health Policy” blog. She highlights events such as Congress’s passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, Ambassador Eric…

CNN Interviews U.S. Ambassador To South Africa About Future Of Country’s AIDS Response

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on her show recently interviewed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard “about HIV/AIDS and the future of the Rainbow Nation,” where “more than six million people — or 10 percent of the entire population — are infected with HIV.” They examine U.S. funding for AIDS programs…

Global Community Can End AIDS With Continued Commitment, Shared Responsibility

“As recently as 10 years ago, AIDS was a death sentence for many, and experts warned that in parts of the world, we had reached a point literally of no return,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “But what I remember…

CDC, Other U.S. Agencies Will Continue Work To Make PEPFAR Succeed

Noting President Barack Obama this week signed into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, CDC Director Tom Frieden writes in the agency’s newsroom, “Along with our colleagues at the HHS Office of Global Affairs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),…

House Committee Adviser Says Passage Of U.S. Foreign Aid Bill In 2014 Unlikely, Devex Reports

Speaking at the 2013 Council of International Development Companies Conference on Wednesday, Nilmini Rubin, House Foreign Affairs Committee senior adviser for global economic competitiveness, said “the chances of seeing a comprehensive U.S. foreign assistance bill pass through Congress in 2014 [are] ‘close to nothing,'” Devex reports. “Funds for everything are…