A proclamation on the occasion of World AIDS Day, 2021

For decades, World AIDS Day has been recognized as an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV. This year, on World AIDS Day, we are focusing on addressing health inequalities and inequalities and ensuring that the voices of people living with HIV are at the center of our work to end the global HIV epidemic.

While we have made remarkable progress in the 40 years since the first reported case of AIDS, the disease remains a serious public health problem – and we join the international community in honoring and commemorating those more than 36 million people, including 700,000 Americans, have tragically died of AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic. We also renew our commitment to supporting the nearly 38 million people living with HIV around the world as we pursue our shared goal of ending the HIV epidemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the challenges our heroic healthcare and frontline workers face, but they continue to provide essential HIV prevention services and provide life-saving care and treatment to people living with it. HIV. The pandemic has also halted HIV research and highlighted the work that remains to be done to achieve equitable access to HIV prevention, care and treatment in every community, especially for communities of color, adolescent girls and young women; and the LGBTQI + community.

My administration remains steadfast in its efforts to end the HIV epidemic, tackle systems and policies that perpetuate health inequalities, and build a healthier world for all. Earlier this year, I returned to the White House Office for National AIDS Policy to coordinate our efforts to reduce the number of HIV infections in our country. This week my administration is releasing an updated National HIV / AIDS Strategy to Reduce Health Inequalities in New Diagnoses and Improve Access to Comprehensive, Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Tools . This updated strategy will make equity the cornerstone of our response and bring a whole-of-government approach to addressing HIV.

My budget request includes $ 670 million to support the Department of Health and Human Services’ End the HIV Epidemic in the United States initiative – to reduce HIV diagnoses and AIDS-related deaths. My administration has also strengthened the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS by adding members from diverse backgrounds who bring the knowledge and expertise necessary to advance our nation’s response to HIV.

My administration is committed to helping the world end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we’ve saved more than 21 million lives, averted millions of HIV infections, and helped at least 20 countries around the world bring the HIV epidemic under control or meet their ambitious HIV treatment goals. These remarkable advances over the past 18 years have been made possible by the strong, bipartisan leadership of the United States and American generosity. Today, together with partner governments and communities, my administration is setting a bold vision to achieve sustainable control of the HIV epidemic by supporting equitable health services and solutions, contributing to improved health for all in countries supported by PEPFAR and working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; UNAIDS; and other regional and local partners towards the goal of ending the HIV epidemic everywhere.

Ending the HIV epidemic is within reach and we are committed to completing this work. On World AIDS Day, we recommit ourselves to building on the progress of the past four decades; defend and advance human rights; support research, science and data-driven solutions; expand access to housing, education and economic empowerment; and tackle stigma and discrimination. No one living with HIV should suffer from the undeserved guilt and stigma that too many people continue to experience. We need to innovate and explore new ways to help fight HIV / AIDS in communities here at home and around the world.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby proclaim December 1 2021, AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the United States and its territories, and the American people to join the HIV community in activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support, dignity and compassion to those who are living with HIV.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have appended my signature this thirtieth day of November, in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one, and of independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.


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