40 Years of Progress. It's Time to End the HIV Epidemic.

40 Years of Progress - It's Time to End the HIV Epidemic

Reflect, Recommit, Reenergize, Reengage – Four for Forty

This June 5th, the world marked 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) described the five cases. Join us in observing this day.

Read statements from the White House, Secretary Becerra, and Secretary Blinken recognizing the 40th anniversary. Take a look back at the epidemic and this 40 year timeline. View the CDC museum exhibition.



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The HIV National Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.7MB) (HIV Plan) is a roadmap for ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. by 2030. The HIV Plan is the nation’s third consecutive five-year national HIV strategy and covers 2021-2025, with a 10-year goal of reducing new HIV infections by 90% by 2030.

-Mission Statement, The HIV National Strategic Plan
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Through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. government has invested over $85 billion in the global HIV/AIDS response, the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history, saving over 20 million lives, preventing millions of HIV infections, and accelerating progress toward controlling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in more than 50 countries.

-Mission Statement, PEPFAR

Live with Leadership

To commemorate June 5th, federal agencies are holding a series of Live with Leadership sessions hosted by Tim Harrison, PhD, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, to reflect upon and honor the anniversary. The sessions include:

  • 40 Years of Progress: HIV Testing, Tuesday, June 22 at 4:00 pm ET. Featuring Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC and and Dr. Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association.

Register Now

Registration is required for the Live with Leadership sessions. These events are open to everyone, but please note capacity is limited so register early! The sessions will be recorded and will be available after the session for those unable to attend.

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Videos from HHS Officials and the Community

Watch this collection of videos from HHS leaders and community members.

Partner Events

The federal government is proud to host a variety of events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of HIV throughout the month of June and to support events throughout the community.

  • 40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic: National WebinarJune 1 at 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm. PACE staff and community stakeholders will discuss how to leverage best practices, innovations, and health equity to end the U.S. HIV epidemic.
  • Fred Hutch, AIDS@40: Remembering & Renewal - June 2nd, “Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Tom Lynch will moderate a conversation with Drs. Larry Corey, George W. Counts and Stephaun Wallace, and three local HIV long-term survivors who’ve had lasting impact on the way HIV is addressed in their community: Bill Hall, Pat Migliore and Tony Radovich”
  • Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Commemoration – June 10th, The 40th anniversary of the first reporting of cases of AIDS in the MMWR.
  • The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is holding a Call to Action Charla: National HIV Testing Day - Friday, June 4 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.  Where: Zoom – via registration at and Facebook Live on the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page.
  • National AIDS Memorial, 40 Years LaterJune 5th, Live Streaming Event to commemorate the more than 700,000 lives lost to AIDS during the past four decades.

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