President Obama committed to developing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy with three primary goals:
- reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV,
- increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV, and
- reducing HIV-related health disparities.
To accomplish these goals, we must undertake a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic. The Strategy is intended to be a concise plan that will identify a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes. Accompanying the Strategy is a Federal Implementation Plan that outlines the specific steps to be taken by various Federal agencies to support the high-level priorities outlined in the Strategy. This is an ambitious plan that will challenge us to meet all of the goals that we set. The job, however, does not fall to the Federal Government alone, nor should it. Success will require the commitment of all parts of society, including State, tribal and local overnments, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others. The vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is simple:
The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.
Read the full executive summary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Themes from 14 Community Discussions and Submissions to the White House
Primary Presidential Goals
- Prevent New HIV Infections
- Increase Access to Care and Optimize Health Outcomes
- Reduce HIV-Related Health Disparities
Themes to Help Advance the President’s Goals
Themes related to Preventing New HIV Infections
- Create a National Campaign to Increase Public Awareness and Prevention of HIV
- Increase Prevention Efforts Among Youth
- Routinize, Increase, and Improve Testing
- Increase Access to Condoms
- Eliminate the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange
- Increase Harm Reduction and Treatment Adherence Education
- Improve and Expand Surveillance Data
Themes related to Increasing Access to Care and Optimize Health Outcomes
- Expand Support Services
- Include Chronic Disease Management in Overall Health Care Delivery
- Recognize and Treat Co-occurring Conditions
- Increase the Number of HIV Care Providers and HIV/AIDS Education and Training
Themes related to Reducing HIV-Related Health Disparities
- Expand Services to At-Risk Populations
- Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services and Interventions
- Improve Availability of HIV-Related Services in Rural Areas and U.S. Territories
Crosscutting Themes and Recommendations
- Evaluation and Program Monitoring
- Coordination Across Agencies, States, Communities, and Providers
- Stigma and Discrimination
- Policy and Research
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Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will play an advisory role in the implementation and monitoring of the NHAS.