World AIDS Day 2015

Students at Johnson Nkosi are either affected or infected with HIV/AIDS and the goal of the school is to remove the stigma.
Students at Johnson Nkosi in Mpoma, Uganda are either infected with HIV or affected by HIV and AIDS, and the goal of the school is to remove the stigma associated with the disease.
2013 Tanwe Shende/ GlobeMed at UCLA, Courtesy of Photoshare


In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, USAID is celebrating our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR. we will be highlighting efforts related to USG's theme "The Time to Act Is Now"

As the year draws to a close, we look back at the amazing impact that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and our implementing partners have had worldwide. PEPFAR has entered a new phase under new leadership. We have focused our energy on controlling the HIV epidemic in order to achieve a sustainable response. The vision for PEPFAR moving forward is grounded in five key agendas: impact, efficiency, sustainability, partnership, and human rights. We look forward to working together with transparency, accountability, and impact toward our goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Zephinas, a Tingathe community health worker (CHW) in Lilongwe, Malawi, counsels Katie, a young, HIV-positive mother
A community health worker in Lilongwe, Malawi, counsels Katie, a young, HIV-positive mother
Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi / Robbie Flick

News and Announcements

Watch a World AIDS Day message from President Barack Obama.

Read the Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama for World AIDS Day 2015.

Watch Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell's new documentary It's About the People on the success of Jhpiego's Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) efforts in Tanzania.

Learn more about the latest results under PEPFAR.

Discover why "The Time to Act is Now" in this perspective from the field from Office of HIV/AIDS Program Assistant, Emily Reitenauer.

Watch the UN and Ricki Lake's new Treatment for All documentary.

View International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's animated infographic for World AIDS Day.

Read the WHO Policy Brief on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) [PDF, 314KB].

Preparing for World AIDS Day 2015: A video message from Dr. Ron Valdiserri

White House Blog - World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now

White House World AIDS Day Event
We invite you to watch a live webcast of the White House World AIDS Day event. The event will focus on this year's federal theme, The Time to Act Is Now. Watch the event live by visiting on Tuesday, December 1, from 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm (ET). You can also join the conversation on Twitter buy using #WAD2015.


LINKAGES Right in Action Event on December 4, 2015

LINKAGES is PEPFAR and USAID's largest global project dedicated to key populations: sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and transgender people. On December 4, 2015, LINKAGES will host a thought leadership event titled "Key Population Data for Decision-Makingin Washington, DC.

The event will focus on the critical topic of safe and appropriate collection, management, release, and use of data to improve HIV programs for key populations. USAID’s Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS, David Stanton, will give opening remarks. Presenters and panelists are scheduled to include leaders from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, World Health Organization, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, FHI 360, Hornet, International AIDS Alliance, Population Council, Johns Hopkins University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Register here for the event.

Get Involved

  • Get involved locally! Here in Washington, the DC Government is hosting a food drive to benefit Food & Friends, the only DC-area organization that provides specialized nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling, and friendship to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life-changing illnesses.

  • Download the World AIDS Day social media toolkit [PDF, 470KB] and spread the word.

Our Partners

Read about PEPFAR’s global impacts over the past year.

Check out’s World AIDS Day content.


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