World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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One of the highlights of the 2018 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) for us was the opportunity to hear from community members about their ideas on priorities and issues to be addressed as we begin work to update the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) [PDF, 2.2MB] and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP) both of which are set to expire in 2020.
Joined by colleagues from the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, we convened the first listening session on Friday, September 7, at the conference. We heard from community leaders, frontline workers, individuals living with and at risk for infection, and other members of the community from across the nation during this session.
Among the many comments offered during the session, we heard about:
We look forward to additional stakeholder input as the update process unfolds. Such community input again will be integral to the development of both plans, as it was in the development of the current and prior versions of both plans. Everyone has a role to play in our national fights against HIV and viral hepatitis. Active engagement by and of a broad mix of stakeholders from various sectors, both public and private, in communities and states across the nation have been great strengths in making the NHAS and the NVHAP both national plans, not merely federal plans.
As Kaye Hayes, Deputy Director of OHAIDP observed in her final Facebook Live conversation from USCA, additional opportunities for stakeholder and community input on the updates to both plans will be announced in the coming months. Follow HIV.gov and the HHS hepatitis blog for details.