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A number of United States government agencies have come together in the common cause of turning the tide against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They support a range of activities from research to technical assistance and financial support to other nationsto combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. These global activities are coordinated with PEPFAR.
Supporting Research to Effectively Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat HIV
In the three decades since the first cases of AIDS were reported, Federal investments in basic, biomedical, behavioral, and social science research have led to numerous HIV prevention interventions and life-saving treatment.
Improving Health Outcomes, Preventing New Infections
HIV is a virus that can multiply quickly and damage the body’s immune system, making it hard to fight off infections and cancers. While no cure exists for HIV infection, effective treatment is available. Today, there are more than 30 antiretroviral drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat HIV infection.