December 1, 2014
Ambassador Baucus’s Statement on World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is an important opportunity for people around the world to renew our commitment to the global fight against HIV and to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
For more than a decade, the United States and China have worked together on public health initiatives and research to prevent, treat and control HIV. Since its June 2002 launch, the U.S.-China Cooperation on HIV/AIDS program has developed innovative strategies to prevent HIV transmission; supported Care and Treatment and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission programs; strengthened strategic information efforts; and expanded laboratory and health care provider capacity. Whether developing programs to stem HIV transmissions in at-risk populations, or training public health officials at local and provincial levels, our bilateral efforts are making a difference.
The world has reached a moment in time where we are closer to controlling this epidemic than we’ve ever been. Strong partnerships will get us there. Meeting the challenge of this disease will require commitment not only from the government but from civil society organizations and the private sector as well.
On this World AIDS Day, let’s stand together to reach the goal of an AIDS-free generation.