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UAB Plays Key Role in World AIDS Day Objectives

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year, providing a global opportunity to unite in the mission to fight HIV, the sexually transmitted immunodeficiency virus that leads to AIDS. Created in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day and is designed to show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

That same year, UAB established the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the 1917 Clinic. One of seven inaugural NIH-designated Centers for AIDS Research and a world leader in HIV/AIDS research and patient care, the UAB CFAR has been among the first to make the newest, most effective treatments available to patients. The UAB CFAR works to expand the intersections of HIV research among multiple scientific disciplines and to catalyze groundbreaking research.

Science magazine recently highlighted UAB's 1917 Clinic among organizations and clinics in 10 cities leading efforts to combat the disease. The clinic – which is the sole provider of comprehensive, patient-centered primary health care services in our 7-county service area that encompasses Blount, Cullman, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker, and Winston counties – provides more than a dozen specific health care services and conducts numerous clinical trials.

The CFAR and the 1917 Clinic have partnered with other agencies in working to support the 90-90-90 Initiative, a set of goals established in 2014 by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Birmingham is one of 13 U.S. cities dedicated to committing local resources toward achieving key objectives in the fight against AIDS by 2020 and ending the spread of AIDS by 2030. As reflected in the initiative’s name, its objectives are as follows:

By 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
By 2020, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

World AIDS Day is an ideal time to acknowledge the many achievements and landmarks of the UAB CFAR and the 1917 Clinic, some of which are highlighted in the accompanying graphic.

Learn more about HIV/AIDS risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, as well as the services available from UAB Medicine, the 1917 Clinic, and the CFAR.