Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
We recommend that the Federal government review the coordination of funding for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health services on the Federal and State level, with the goal of increasing access to these services for patients with HIV.
I find that my clients are underserved and lack the needed support services and medical care that affects their health and well-being.
Understand that syringe exchange is the gateway to treatment and we need to take the obstacles and hurdles out of people getting into [care].
[We] support language in health insurance reform legislation prohibiting companies from refusing coverage for an individual based on their medical history or health risk.
Negative cultural influences and stigma are big challenges for [Latinos], and we need interventions that will address core family values among the Hispanic community as well as traditionalism and machismo.
There can be no true progress without stigma reduction. Stigma is still the REAL reason so many don't want to know their status, don't get help, or are afraid to be advocates for their own health.

Letter From the President

Thirty years ago, the first cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) garnered the world’s attention. Since then, over 575,000 Americans have lost their lives to AIDS and more than 56,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each year. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV. Moreover, almost half of all Americans know someone living with HIV.

Our country is at a crossroads. Right now, we are experiencing a domestic epidemic that demands a renewed commitment, increased public attention, and leadership. Early in my Administration, I tasked the Office of National AIDS Policy with developing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy with three primary goals: 1) reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV; 2) increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV; and, 3) reducing HIV-related health disparities. To accomplish these goals, we must undertake a more coordinated national response to the epidemic. The Federal government can’t do this alone, nor should it. Success will require the commitment of governments at all levels, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others.

Countless Americans have devoted their lives to fighting the HIV epidemic and thanks to their tireless work we’ve made real inroads. People living with HIV have transformed how we engage community members in setting policy, conducting research, and providing services. Researchers have produced a wealth of information about the disease, including a number of critical tools and interventions to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV. Successful prevention efforts have averted more than 350,000 new infections in the United States. And health care and other services providers have taught us how to provide quality services in diverse settings and develop medical homes for people with HIV. This moment represents an opportunity for the Nation. Now is the time to build on and refocus our existing efforts to deliver better results for the American people.

I look forward to working with Congress, State, tribal, and local governments, and other stakeholders to support the implementation of a Strategy that is innovative, grounded in the best science, focuses on the areas of greatest need, and that provides a clear direction for moving forward together.

The White House

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Community Ideas Report

Community Ideas for Improving the Response to the Domestic HIV Epidemic.  A Report on a National Dialog on HIV/AIDS.

Last fall, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) asked Americans to give us their input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We have released a report of the major themes that we heard from the public.

I am tired of telling teenagers that their HIV test is positive... Every 17-year-old I diagnose with HIV represents 60 to 80 years of transmission potential [and] each represents nearly a million dollars in healthcare costs over their lifetime.
All too often, people suffering from multiple chronic conditions receive little to no coordination of their health care from the various specialists that they regularly interact with. Adapt chronic health care models that emphasize outpatient primary care, patient education, and multiple-condition health care coordination.
Let people of color develop their own messages that work, not outside people telling them how and what they need to do. Help develop and educate grassroots CBOs and ASOs about how to serve the community they are in.