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US Military HIV Research Program

In 1985, the U.S. military recognized the emerging HIV-1 epidemic as a new threat to U.S. and allied forces worldwide. A military directive emerged to develop effective preventive measures to include prevention education, vaccine development, and implementation of novel anti-viral therapies and clinical management tools for DOD. Congress mandated the formation of a U.S. Army-led HIV/AIDS research unit in 1986. The program quickly grew with affiliated research sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, and Thailand and collaborative efforts with a wide variety of national and international research groups. The collective program is known as the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. Exit Disclaimer It has since become an important partner in international efforts to combat this devastating disease.

US Military HIV Research Program

Reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS among uniformed personnel across the globe is the mission of the DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP). The program works to develop and implement culturally focused, military-specific HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs The Navy manages DHAPP from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, California. As of October 2009, DHAPP assistance programs have been implemented in 82 countries.

DOD supports the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Read about its role here (PDF 598KB).

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Last revised: 05/01/2012