As 2020 begins, we pause to review and reflect upon our most-read posts of 2019. They were:
- Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE): This was the official announcement of this new initiative to cut new HIV transmissions by 75% in five years and 90% by 2030.
- HIV "Cure" Update and More: Research Highlights from CROI 2019 [video]: This popular post featured NIAID’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach discussing updates on HIV cure research.
- PACE Announcement - Ending the HIV Epidemic: The “Prevention through Active Community Engagement” (PACE) initiative assembled teams of highly qualified U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers to support regional EHE initiatives.
- FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection as Part of Ongoing Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic: In October 2019, FDA approved a second PrEP medication, Descovy®.
- Gaps in HIV Testing and Treatment Hinder Efforts to Stop New Infections: CDC’s Vital Signs reported that approximately 80% of new HIV infections in 2016 were transmitted from people who either didn’t know they had HIV or weren’t receiving HIV care.
- HIV Treatment Advances and Other Final HIV Research Updates from the 2019 IAS Conference on HIV Science: Dr. Dieffenbach discussed treatment updates and research advances in HIV prevention among women and girls.
- News Release: Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of Billions of Dollars in HIV Prevention Drugs: This effort will provide PrEP medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years as part of the EHE initiative.
- World AIDS Day 2019 Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community: Ambassador Deborah Birx and ADM Brett Giroir shared a joint message about ending the HIV epidemic in the United States and abroad.
- HHS Awards $13.5 Million to Accelerate Planning Efforts for Ending the HIV Epidemic: CDC-funded state and local health departments were awarded funding to develop EHE plans. NASTAD also received funds to support capacity building in those jurisdictions.
- Measles Outbreak and People Living with HIV: The importance of immunizations for people with HIV was examined amid a national outbreak of measles.
Many of our other most popular posts were guest posts or cross-posts from our partners at agencies across the U.S. government. We’re grateful to them for their collaboration as we all work to share information about the federal response to HIV and to support stakeholders in communities across the nation.
We look forward to sharing information on the federal response to HIV and other important public health topics in 2020.