IHS Observes World AIDS Day 2022 with Release of Indigenous HIV/AIDS Syndemic Strategy, Lived Experience Videos & More
There are important resources from the Indian Health Service (IHS) released in recognition of World AIDS Day.
- The National HIV/AIDS Program for the Indian Health Service (IHS) coordinated the release of the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Syndemic Strategy: Weaving Together the National HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis PlansExit Disclaimer (PDF, 362MB), referred to as the Indigi-HAS. It was developed in consultation with every part of Indian Country, complements the existing National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and contains additional very specific pieces important to Indigenous communities.
- IHS also released a blog highlighting the seven tribal and urban Indian organizations that received funding from cooperative agreements to work toward eliminating HIV, HCV and STIs.
- OURStory features Indigenous community members’ profiles and includes intergenerational individuals. Through the tradition of storytelling, OURStory aims to: (1) increase HIV knowledge and awareness about prevention, (2) promote early diagnosis, (3) increase access to treatment for HIV, (4) stimulate discussion of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake for HIV prevention, (5) address stigma barriers, and (6) document and preserve stories for future generations. Watch a videoExit Disclaimer from the OURStory video series.