New: Updated National HIV/AIDS StrategyPosted December 7, 2021
The updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2022–2025) redoubles efforts to confront the HIV epidemic and achieve equitable access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Strategy centers communities of color, adolescent girls and young women, and the LGBTQI+ community. Among other objectives, it aims to address the needs of priority populations, including people aging with HIV, sex workers’ and immigrants’ needs, and pursue measures to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV.
The White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) facilitated development of and published the Strategy, which builds on the 2021 HIV National Strategic Plan and the two prior National HIV/AIDS Strategies (2010, 2015). View prior National HIV/AIDS Strategies (2010-2021).
The Strategy articulates a clear vision to guide the nation’s response to HIV:
“The United States will be a place where new HIV infections are prevented, every person knows their status, and every person with HIV has high-quality care and treatment, lives free from stigma and discrimination, and can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan.
This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstance.”
The Strategy sets targets for ending the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, including a 75% reduction in new HIV infections by 2025 and a 90% reduction by 2030.
The Strategy focuses on four goals:
- Prevent new HIV infections.
- Improve HIV-related health outcomes of people with HIV.
- Reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequities.
- Achieve integrated, coordinated efforts that address the HIV epidemic among all partners and stakeholders.
Objectives, Strategies, and Priority Populations
For stakeholders across the nation, the updated Strategy:
- Details 21 objectives and 78 strategies for federal and nonfederal stakeholders to implement to achieve the goals.
- Designates five priority populations disproportionately impacted by HIV so that federal agencies and other stakeholders can focus efforts and resources to achieve the greatest impact.
- Identifies nine core indicators to monitor national progress, establishes a disparity indicator stratified by the priority populations to measure progress toward reducing significant HIV-related disparities, and identifies the topic of a new indicator to be developed.
Learn more about ONAP’s development process and plans to produce a Federal Implementation Plan in early 2022.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative
The Strategy and the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative are closely aligned and complementary. They have the common goal of reducing new HIV transmissions in the United States by 75% by 2025 and by 90% by 2030. The Strategy is the broader, overarching national plan that extends across many federal departments and encompasses the entire nation. The EHE initiative will be a leading component of the work by the Department of Health and Human Services – in collaboration with state, tribal, territorial, and local partners – to implement the Strategy.
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