Post submitted by Marvell L. Terry II, HRC Foundation HIV/AIDS Fellow
On Thursday, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy will release the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Update 2020. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy was initially released in 2010 with the goals of reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care, optimizing health outcomes and reducing HIV-related health disparities in the United States.
“Nearly five years ago, President Obama released our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. It has reinvigorated our collective domestic response to HIV. It changed the way Americans talk about HIV, and plan and deliver services at the local level to both prevent new infections and support those living with HIV to seek treatment and stay in care,” said Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.”
The revised strategy, which will be released on Thursday at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, was updated based on input from diverse communities, including LGBT people and allies at town hall meetings in Boston, Massachusetts; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Oakland, California. HRC submitted comments and recommendations to update the strategy, just as we did to help develop the initial blueprint.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Update 2020 comes at a crucial time in the fight to end the HIV epidemic. While HIV affects Americans from all walks of life, the epidemic continues to disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, transgender women, youth ages 13-24 and communities of color, particularly in the southern United States.
HRC is committed, through a collective effort, to ending the HIV epidemic and securing the health and well-being of people living with HIV, especially LGBT individuals. Click here for more information on HRC’s work to end the epidemic in the United States.