U.S. marks 35th World AIDS Day by Highlighting Important Role of Tajik Communities in HIV Response

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, December 1, 2023 – The United States is proud to join Tajikistan, its partners, and people worldwide in observance of the 35th World AIDS Day. Today is an opportunity to pay tribute to the strength, resilience, and diversity of the HIV community while honoring the lives lost to HIV/AIDS.

The U.S. government’s theme for World AIDS Day 2023 is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.” This theme serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and a rallying cry to continue working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat. The U.S. government salutes the Tajikistan World AIDS Day theme, “Leadership – to communities” which emphasizes the important role communities play in the national response to the HIV epidemic.  The United States has partnered with Tajikistan for two decades through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to improve access to quality HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care services. As we commemorate World AIDS Day 2023, the U.S. Mission to Tajikistan reaffirms its commitment to supporting the Government of Tajikistan’s initiatives to strengthen, expand, and ensure equity in the national HIV program and across the entire healthcare system.

In Tajikistan, an estimated 15,000 people are living with HIV. The epidemic is concentrated primarily among people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, and their partners. These populations are disproportionately affected by barriers resulting from stigma and discrimination, which cause inequity in access to essential HIV/AIDS-related services.

The United States is pleased to have supported Tajikistan’s adoption of a multidimensional approach—supporting health service delivery within health facilities and by community-based organizations—to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  To address systemic barriers, the U.S. government is partnering with Tajikistan to strengthen its HIV/AIDS response efforts through innovative approaches like HIV self-testing, which allows individuals to test for HIV wherever and whenever they like. Additionally, the U.S. is supporting increased access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which greatly reduces the risk of contracting HIV from sexual contact.

PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s initiative to reduce and control the HIV/AIDS pandemic and is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. In Tajikistan, PEPFAR is implemented by the United States Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to UNAIDS, PEPFAR has helped reduce global AIDS-related deaths by 64 percent since its peak in 2004, and new HIV infections have been cut by 52 percent globally.

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