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Everyone is needed to put this Strategy into action and end the HIV epidemic. This is a national Strategy, not just a federal one. The updated Strategy calls for coordinated efforts from all sectors of society. 

Non-federal stakeholders of all types—including industry, community-based organizations, research and academic institutions, healthcare providers, faith-based organizations, state and local governments, philanthropy, media, and others—are invited to use the Strategy as a framework for developing their own action plans to ensure that, together, we achieve the Strategy’s goals.

The Update allows for opportunities to refresh the ongoing work in HIV prevention, care, and research across sectors with critical focus on four key areas:

  • Widespread testing and linkage to care, enabling people living with HIV to access treatment early.
  • Broad support for people living with HIV to remain engaged in comprehensive care, including support for treatment adherence.
  • Universal viral suppression among people living with HIV.
  • Full access to comprehensive PrEP services for those whom it is appropriate and desired, with support for medication adherence for those using PrEP.

By working in the direction of shared national goals and aligning efforts across sectors with the principles and priorities of the updated Strategy, the Nation can advance toward the life-saving HIV goals.

Action Plan for Stakeholders

An Action Plan framework, similar to the Federal Action Plan structure, will be created to assist non-Federal partners such as state and local health departments, Tribal governments, community-based organizations, coalitions of persons living with HIV, and other stakeholders to identify specific actions that they can take – tailored to their own specific missions and priorities – to ensure that the Nation is working to meet the goals of the Strategy.


Responsibility for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy does not fall to the Federal government alone, nor should it, as the President noted in his letter accompanying the release of the original Strategy in 2010.

Since then, stakeholders from across every sector have used the Strategy as a roadmap to work collectively toward its goals. In addition, non-governmental actors from the education, business, faith, media, philanthropic, and other communities have made meaningful and important contributions to advance organizations, communities, and the nation toward the Strategy’s vision. Read more about some of these examples.

The Strategy also has been a catalyst for State and local government developing their own implementation plans for achieving the goals in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and for working with other partners to better coordinate responses to HIV/AIDS at the state and local levels.

Last revised: 07/30/2015