World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will soon host two listening sessions to continue gathering public input for updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP). Both national plans currently expire in 2020.
OHAIDP is facilitating the update process in collaboration with partners across the federal government to ensure that both strategies continue to: be responsive to pressing challenges in the nation's HIV and viral hepatitis epidemics; remain focused on identifying and supporting effective actions by all stakeholders and on all levels with maximum impact; and be based on the latest and best scientific evidence. Although we are collecting feedback on both the NHAS and the NVHAP at the same time, the updated national strategies will remain separate and distinct plans.
The input of a broad mix of stakeholders has been the foundation for the success of the NHAS and the NVHAP to date. To extend that progress, we need your help to shape the updates. We welcome your ideas on a number of issues, including:
Your thoughts and feedback are important, so we are offering multiple ways for you to be heard either in person or online which will enable people from across the United States to participate. Please consider joining one of these listening sessions, register, and mark the date in your calendar:
Registration is required for both sessions. The sessions will be similar and focused on providing opportunities for the full range of stakeholders to share their ideas. More information about previous listening sessions and developing the next national strategies for HIV and viral hepatitis is featured on the HIV.gov blog and on the HHS viral hepatitis blog.
Share Your Comments in Writing
In addition, we will soon publish a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register to solicit written comments, recommendations, and ideas for updating both the NHAS and the NVHAP. As soon as the RFI is published, we will provide a link to it as well as information about its deadline for input.
All the input gathered from the listening sessions and responses to the RFI will be shared with our federal partners, who collectively will use that information to update the vision, goals, and strategies for both plans, as well as each agency's actions for implementing them.
We look forward to hearing your ideas and input!