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World AIDS Day 2021

World AIDS Day 2021

Organizations, communities, and individuals around the world observed World AIDS Day with events and activities on and around December 1. amfAR staff participated in a range of activities and media stories commemorating the occasion, which are summarized below.

  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy
    In a White House address, President Biden released an updated U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2022-2025, with the goal of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. amfAR VP and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett, a co-author of the original National HIV/AIDS Strategy, was among those in attendance and was quoted in a WebMD story on the strategy.

  • Assessing Biden’s Response to HIV
    Greg Millett was widely quoted in an article in The Daily Beast assessing the Biden Administration’s response to HIV/AIDS.

  • Global Epidemic
    Millett also participated in a meeting with the White House National Security Council, the US Surgeon General, heads of PEPFAR, Global Fund, UNAIDS and others to discuss the administration’s global HIV efforts.

    amfAR’s Greg Millett pictured with leaders of major international HIV/AIDS organizations in front of the White House on World AIDS Day.amfAR’s Greg Millett (4th from left) pictured with leaders of major international HIV/AIDS organizations in front of the White House on World AIDS Day.

    New Hope for an HIV Vaccine?


  • New Hope for an HIV Vaccine?
    amfAR VP and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston was interviewed by NBC News for a story on the potential for developing an effective HIV vaccine in light of the remarkable success of mRNA-based vaccines for COVID-19.

  • HIV Treatment and Cure
    Dr. Johnston also talked with Newsy about the extraordinary complexity of HIV, the advent of effective treatment, and the search for a cure.

  • Purposely Podcast – amfAR CEO Interviewed
    amfAR CEO Kevin Frost was interviewed for a wide-ranging podcast in which he talked about amfAR’s mission and history, his involvement in AIDS activism, and progress towards a cure.

  • Children and Adolescents Left Behind
    Dr. Annette Sohn, director of amfAR’s TREAT Asia program, was a co-author of a study in The Lancet HIV showing that children and adolescents are in many cases falling behind adults in the treatment of HIV.

  • Transgender Inclusion in National HIV/AIDS Plans
    Public Policy staff Jennifer Sherwood and Elise Lankiewicz participated in a webinar to discuss their study of the inclusion (or lack thereof) of transgender people in National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans. They were joined by speakers from UNAIDS, the Global Fund, and the transgender community. You can access amfAR’s series of infographics on transgender inclusion in NSPs here.