Statement from Rear Adm. Michael Weahkee on World AIDS Day

Content From: RADM Michael D. Weahkee Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: December 01, 20201 min read

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Cross-posted from Indian Health Service Newsroom

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On World AIDS Day, we show support for people living with HIV, their families, allies, and caregivers, and remember those who have lost their lives to HIV. We also celebrate the advances that have led to successful HIV treatment regimens, prevention strategies, and improved care. Because of these advances, HIV has transformed into a manageable chronic condition. Today, people with HIV have the opportunity to live long, healthy lives.

The 2020 World AIDS Day theme is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Resilience & Impact.” The IHS continues to work to end the HIV epidemic in Indian Country (PDF, 304 KB) as part of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. These efforts include online training modules, such as the PrEP Navigator Training for Community and Public Health StaffExit Disclaimer to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of PrEP medications. These once-per-day pills have been shown to reduce the risk of HIV transmission through sex by as much as 99%.

Visit https://www.ihs.gov/hivaids/ to learn more about collaborative efforts across the Indian health system to end the HIV epidemic.