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At the beginning of his Administration, President Obama instructed the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), a component of the Domestic Policy Council, to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy and re-focus our response to the HIV epidemic in the United States. The President directed that this strategy be driven by three primary goals:

  1. Prevent new HIV infections.
  2. Increase access to care and optimize health outcomes.
  3. Reduce HIV-related health disparities.

In 2009, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted 14 HIV/AIDS Community Discussions with thousands of people across the United States who recounted their experiences with HIV and offered their strategic recommendations for achieving the President’s goals. ONAP also soliciteds public input about what should be included in the strategy via its website.

ONAP subsequently released a report, Community Ideas for Improving the Response to the Domestic HIV Epidemic, summarizing public recommendations for the strategy.

In 2010, ONAP introduced the Federal Interagency Workgroup supporting development of the strategy. The group includes influential leaders from Departments and Agencies across the US government, and includes subcommittees devoted to each of the President’s three goals for the 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

Last revised: 03/14/2013