December 1 marks World AIDS Day, a global initiative that acknowledges the progress made in AIDS treatment and prevention. This year the theme is "Leadership. Commitment. Impact." It encourages "leaders to strengthen their commitment to using evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing efforts to help us stop HIV."
According to the CDC, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. Globally, that number jumps to 36.7 million, with two-thirds of new HIV infections occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention efforts have made strides worldwide, including CDC programs that: