What you need to know about World AIDS Day

Friday is World AIDS Day and Dr. John Nkengasong discusses what’s being done to save lives from HIV and AIDS.
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>> Eva: BACK NOW AND IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE OUR COUNTRY 20 YEARS SINCE OUR COUNTRY LAUNCHED PEPFAR, THE PRESIDENT'S LAUNCHED PEPFAR, THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF. EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF. AND TODAY THE PROGRAM HAS SAVED AND TODAY THE PROGRAM HAS SAVED OVER 25 MILLION LIVES AND HAS OVER 25 MILLION LIVES AND HAS PREVENTED THE SPREAD OF HIV IN PREVENTED THE SPREAD OF HIV IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES. OVER 50 COUNTRIES. >> DeMarco: HOW FAR HAVE WE COME >> DeMarco: HOW FAR HAVE WE COME IN THE ERADICATION OF THIS IN THE ERADICATION OF THIS DISEASE? DISEASE? AND WHO IS STILL AT RISK? AND WHO IS STILL AT RISK? JOINING US NOW IS AMBASSADOR JOINING US NOW IS AMBASSADOR DR. JOHN NKINASON, LEADING THE DR. JOHN NKINASON, LEADING THE CHARGE ON THIS GLOBAL FIGHT. CHARGE ON THIS GLOBAL FIGHT. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US, AMBASSADOR. AMBASSADOR. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. IT IS A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU IT IS A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU THIS MORNING. THIS MORNING. >> DeMarco: WHY SHOULD EVERYONE >> DeMarco: WHY SHOULD EVERYONE BE CONCERNED ABOUT AIDS AROUND BE CONCERNED ABOUT AIDS AROUND THE WORLD? THE WORLD? >> FIRST OF ALL, TODAY IS WORLD >> FIRST OF ALL, TODAY IS WORLD AIDS DAY AND WE SHOULD STEP BACK AIDS DAY AND WE SHOULD STEP BACK AND CELEBRATE THE REMARKABLE AND CELEBRATE THE REMARKABLE PROGRESS WE MADE THANKS TO PROGRESS WE MADE THANKS TO PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR AND OTHERS PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR AND OTHERS LIKE THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT LIKE THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT HIV, TB AND MALARIA. HIV, TB AND MALARIA. ABOUT 25 MILLION LIVES HAVE BEEN ABOUT 25 MILLION LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. SAVED. AND ABOUT 5.5 MILLION CHILDREN AND ABOUT 5.5 MILLION CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PREVENTED FROM BEING HAVE BEEN PREVENTED FROM BEING INFECTED WITH HIV/AIDS. INFECTED WITH HIV/AIDS. THAT'S A LOT OF PROGRESS. THAT'S A LOT OF PROGRESS. BUT THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER. BUT THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER. WE STILL HAVE ABOUT 1.3 MILLION WE STILL HAVE ABOUT 1.3 MILLION NEW INFECTIONS OCCURRING EVERY NEW INFECTIONS OCCURRING EVERY YEAR. YEAR. AND WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED AND WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED AND COMMITTED THAT WE HAVE TO AND COMMITTED THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT AND CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO FIGHT AND CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO HIV/AIDS AND BRING IT TO AN END HIV/AIDS AND BRING IT TO AN END AS A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT BY THE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT BY THE YEAR 2030. YEAR 2030. THAT SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS. THAT SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS. THAT SHOULD BE OUR CONCERN. THAT SHOULD BE OUR CONCERN. >> Eva: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE >> Eva: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE PEPFAR PROGRAM. PEPFAR PROGRAM. YOU SAY IT IS A CRUCIAL WEAPON YOU SAY IT IS A CRUCIAL WEAPON IN PROTECTING GLOBAL HEALTH. IN PROTECTING GLOBAL HEALTH. EXPLAIN. EXPLAIN. >> PEPFAR HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE >> PEPFAR HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE PLATFORM IN PROTECTING GLOBAL PLATFORM IN PROTECTING GLOBAL HEALTH AS A WHOLE, BUT VERY HEALTH AS A WHOLE, BUT VERY IMPORTANTLY IN ENABLING US TO IMPORTANTLY IN ENABLING US TO GET THE RESULTS THAT WE ARE GET THE RESULTS THAT WE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY, WHICH IS THAT CELEBRATING TODAY, WHICH IS THAT MILLIONS OF LIVES HAVE BEEN MILLIONS OF LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. SAVED. PEPFAR HAS SUPPORTED COUNTRIES PEPFAR HAS SUPPORTED COUNTRIES TO STRENGTHEN THE OVERALL PUBLIC TO STRENGTHEN THE OVERALL PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, AND THOSE SYSTEMS HEALTH SYSTEM, AND THOSE SYSTEMS ARE BEING USED EVERY DAY IN ARE BEING USED EVERY DAY IN RESPONDING TO HIV/AIDS, BUT ALSO RESPONDING TO HIV/AIDS, BUT ALSO BEING USED IN RESPONDING TO BEING USED IN RESPONDING TO OTHER EMERGING INFECTIONS, LIKE OTHER EMERGING INFECTIONS, LIKE COVID. COVID. EBOLA OUTBREAKS, CHOLERA. EBOLA OUTBREAKS, CHOLERA. BECAUSE OF THAT, WE ARE SAFER BECAUSE OF THAT, WE ARE SAFER EVERYWHERE WE ARE, WE ARE NOT EVERYWHERE WE ARE, WE ARE NOT JUST SAFE IN COUNTRIES THAT WE JUST SAFE IN COUNTRIES THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING THEM AND ARE SUPPORTING THEM AND PARTNERING WITH THEM TO FIGHT PARTNERING WITH THEM TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS, BUT WE'RE SAFE IN THE HIV/AIDS, BUT WE'RE SAFE IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF WHAT UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF WHAT PEPFAR IS DOING OVERSEAS. PEPFAR IS DOING OVERSEAS. >> Dr. Jen: AND, DOCTOR, WE HAVE >> Dr. Jen: AND, DOCTOR, WE HAVE DONE SO MUCH IN THE LAST FOUR DONE SO MUCH IN THE LAST FOUR DECADES, AND ACCOMPLISHED SO DECADES, AND ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH, BUT AS YOU LOOK INTO THE MUCH, BUT AS YOU LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, WHAT IS TOP ON THE TO DO FUTURE, WHAT IS TOP ON THE TO DO LIST IN TERMS OF BATTLING LIST IN TERMS OF BATTLING HIV/AIDS? HIV/AIDS? >> AS WE LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, >> AS WE LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, WE NEED TO PAUSE AND SEE WHAT WE NEED TO PAUSE AND SEE WHAT THE REMARKABLE PROGRESS THAT THE REMARKABLE PROGRESS THAT PEPFAR CONTINUES TO DO IN PEPFAR CONTINUES TO DO IN SUPPORTING COUNTRIES. SUPPORTING COUNTRIES. TODAY AS WE CELEBRATE WORLD AIDS TODAY AS WE CELEBRATE WORLD AIDS DAY, WE JUST NEED TO LOOK AT DAY, WE JUST NEED TO LOOK AT WHAT SOUTH AFRICA AND TANZANIA WHAT SOUTH AFRICA AND TANZANIA HAVE PRODUCED. HAVE PRODUCED. TODAY THEY WILL BE RELEASING TODAY THEY WILL BE RELEASING RESULTS THAT SHOW THAT IN SOUTH RESULTS THAT SHOW THAT IN SOUTH AFRICA ABOUT 90% OF INDIVIDUALS AFRICA ABOUT 90% OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INFECTED, OF THAT WHO ARE INFECTED, OF THAT NUMBER, 91% ARE UNDER TREATMENT NUMBER, 91% ARE UNDER TREATMENT AND 94% OF THOSE ARE SUPPRESSING AND 94% OF THOSE ARE SUPPRESSING THE VIRUS. THE VIRUS. SIMILARLY IN TANZANIA, ABOUT 83% SIMILARLY IN TANZANIA, ABOUT 83% OF PEOPLE THAT ARE INFECTED, OF OF PEOPLE THAT ARE INFECTED, OF THAT NUMBER, 98% ARE RECEIVING THAT NUMBER, 98% ARE RECEIVING TREATMENT AND OF THAT NUMBER TREATMENT AND OF THAT NUMBER ABOUT 94% HAVE SUPPRESSED THE ABOUT 94% HAVE SUPPRESSED THE VIRUS. VIRUS. THAT IS A LOT OF PROGRESS WE THAT IS A LOT OF PROGRESS WE HAVE TO CELEBRATE. HAVE TO CELEBRATE. AND ALL OF THAT IS THANKS TO AND ALL OF THAT IS THANKS TO PEPFAR, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PEPFAR, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PARTNER COUNTRIES WE'RE THE PARTNER COUNTRIES WE'RE SPARTING. THE PARTNER COUNTRIES WE'RE SPARTIN ING SPARTIN SUPPORTING. SUPPORTING. IF WE CONTINUE DO THIS IN THE IF WE CONTINUE DO THIS IN THE NEXT SIX YEARS, BETWEEN 2024 AND NEXT SIX YEARS, BETWEEN 2024 AND 2030, THE PEPFAR PROGRAM WOULD 2030, THE PEPFAR PROGRAM WOULD HAVE SAVED ABOUT 5.2 MILLION HAVE SAVED ABOUT 5.2 MILLION LIVES. LIVES. WOULD HAVE PREVENTED OVER 6 WOULD HAVE PREVENTED OVER 6 MILLION NEW INFECTIONS OF WHICH MILLION NEW INFECTIONS OF WHICH 1 MILLION WILL BE AMONG 1 MILLION WILL BE AMONG CHILDREN. CHILDREN. WILL HAVE PREVENTED 4 MILLION WILL HAVE PREVENTED 4 MILLION CHILDREN FROM BEING BORN -- CHILDREN FROM BEING BORN -- THAT'S INCREDIBLE PROGRESS WE THAT'S INCREDIBLE PROGRESS WE CONTINUE TO SEE AND PROJECT TO CONTINUE TO SEE AND PROJECT TO SEE IF PEPFAR CONTINUES TO SEE IF PEPFAR CONTINUES TO SUPPORT PARTNER COUNTRIES. SUPPORT PARTNER COUNTRIES. SO WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE WE'RE SO WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE WE'RE LOOK TO 2030 AND SEEING THE LOOK TO 2030 AND SEEING THE POSSIBILITY AND PROSPECTS THAT POSSIBILITY AND PROSPECTS THAT WE CAN TRULY BRING HIV/AIDS TO WE CAN TRULY BRING HIV/AIDS TO AN END AS A PUBLIC HEALTH AN END AS A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT. THREAT. WE JUST NEED TO SUSTAIN THAT WE JUST NEED TO SUSTAIN THAT LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAIN THAT LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAIN THAT COMMITMENT TO BRING US TO WHERE COMMITMENT TO BRING US TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE IN THE NEXT SIX WE NEED TO BE IN THE NEXT SIX YEAR YE YEARS. YEARS. >> Dr. Jen: AMBASSADOR, THANK >> Dr. Jen: AMBASSADOR, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE BATTLING THIS DISEASE WORLDWIDE BATTLING THIS DISEASE WORLDWIDE AND THANK YOU FOR SPENDING SOME AND THANK YOU FOR SPENDING SOME TIME

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