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Examining U.S. Efforts To Expand HIV Testing, Counseling Globally

“With an AIDS-free generation within our reach, PEPFAR continues to prioritize combinations of interventions that are based on sound scientific evidence and have a significant impact on reducing new HIV infections and saving lives,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, adding, “HIV testing and counseling (HTC), which has been a cornerstone of PEPFAR since its inception, is one such activity.” Noting “HTC is the gateway to many high-impact interventions, such as treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and voluntary medical male circumcision,” he examines U.S. efforts “to engender an unprecedented expansion in the number of people accessing HTC” and discusses existing challenges (8/15).