40 Years of Progress – OIDP Updates

Content From: Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Director, White House Office of National AIDS PolicyPublished: May 27, 20212 min read


40 years of progress. It's Time to End the HIV Epidemic

June 5th will mark the 40th anniversary of the first official reported five cases of what later became known as AIDS in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). To observe this day, which is also recognized as HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) has developed resources, such as educational events, logos, social media tools, a webpage, and more!

Educational Events

June 1, 12:00pm–3:30pm (ET), 40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic: National WebinarExit Disclaimer

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) Regions 4, 6, and 9 staff and community stakeholders will discuss how to leverage best practices, innovations, and health equity to end the U.S. HIV epidemic. OIPD is also planning several events throughout the month of June.

Live with Leadership Series

OIDP will offer a series of Live with Leadership sessions hosted by Tim Harrison, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor at OIDP, to reflect upon and honor the anniversary. The sessions include:

Community Dialogue & Long-Term Survivors: Saturday, June 5th at 2:00 pm ETExit Disclaimer. Featuring:

  • Gina Brown, Community Engagement Manager, Southern AIDS Coalition
  • Arianna Lint, Executive Director, Arianna’s Center
  • Jesse Milan, President and CEO, AIDS United

40 Years of HIV: Federal Leadership: Thursday, June 17th at 1:00 pm ETExit Disclaimer. Featuring:

  • Laura Cheever, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention

40 Years of Progress: HIV Testing: Tuesday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm ETExit Disclaimer. Featuring:

  • Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC

Registration is required for the Live with Leadership sessions, which are open to the public. Capacity is limited so register early here!

Webpage and Toolkits

OIDP frequently updates its webpage and has developed social media messages, logos, and toolkit resources, such as the following, for use by agency and community partners:

As the U.S government honors those who have died from AIDS-related illness nationally and globally and renews efforts around equitable access to services for those living with HIV, OIDP reflects on the past 40 years and continues to work collectively to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. We encourage everyone—no matter your role—to take advantage of these valuable resources in ending the HIV epidemic!