HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) released its inaugural Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative (EHE) Data Report on December 15. The publication features national-level aggregate data submitted in calendar year 2020 by HAB EHE-funded recipients and service providers. It highlights the number of new and estimated re-engaged clients receiving specific services and those who were prescribed antiretroviral therapy and it reveals that HRSA HAB exceeded the year 1 EHE goal, even amidst the disruptions caused by COVID-19.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s (RWHAP) comprehensive system of HIV care, support services, and medication delivery creates an efficient and effective service delivery mechanism for the EHE initiative. In fiscal year 2020, the first year of the EHE initiative, HAB awarded EHE funds to the 39 RWHAP Part A recipients and 8 Part B recipients that encompass the 57 EHE jurisdictions.
According to the new data report, overall, HAB EHE-funded service providers served nearly 19,500 clients who were new or re-engaged in HIV care and treatment from March 2020 through December 2020. This exceeded the first-year goal of serving 18,000 new or re-engaged clients. The report explains that more than 11,000 clients in the EHE jurisdictions were new to care and treatment at HAB EHE-funded service providers, and an estimated 8,200 clients were re-engaged in care.
HAB’s recently released RWHAP biennial report, Resilience and Innovation to End the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.: 2021 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Highlights, includes highlights of some of the specific EHE planning efforts and innovative approaches being implemented by recipients in the EHE jurisdictions to engage with people with HIV and retain them in care.