Today is World AIDS Day 2011! It's estimated that 33.3 million people have HIV, and more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the HIV, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. To support people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died, World AIDS Day was created in 1988 as the first ever global health day. Since then, the day has grown, sparking events in every part of the world.
So what is the U.S. doing to take part in World AIDS Day 2011? A lot. The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a U.S. Government initiative that helps save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. By helping with the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR hopes to eventually transition from an emergency response to promoting sustainable country programs.
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