Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards

Content From: Miguel Gomez, Director,, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: July 21, 20141 min read


Ambassador Birx with Miguel Gomez at AIDS 2014

At AIDS 2014Exit Disclaimer on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the PEPFAR program. She shared a few observations with us after several busy days at the conference in Melbourne. She noted she was excited to see representatives of various sectors assembled at the conference coalescing around many of the same concepts such as ensuring that people living with HIV achieve and sustain undetectable viral loads. She observed increasing alignment around the need to prioritize services for key populations at higher risk of HIV infection such as young women, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, and others highlighted in UNAIDS Gap ReportExit Disclaimer released at the conference.

During our brief conversation, Ambassador Birx also highlighted the important role PEPFAR has played in efforts to control the HIV pandemic and invited viewers to visit the newly launched PEPFAR Dashboards. Transparency is a priority for PEPFAR and the PEPFAR Dashboards—launched at AIDS 2014—provide unprecedented access to all levels of program data and will illustrate the impact of PEPFAR programs. Read more about PEPFAR.

For more coverage from the conference visit: AIDS 2014.