World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, as well as on how much progress we've made in the national response to HIV. It's also an important opportunity to assess where we need to improve and what our next steps should be.
We continue to make progress toward achieving our goals of reducing new HIV infections, improving health outcomes among people living with HIV, and reducing some HIV-related disparities. Reaching these goals will require that we sustain the progress we have already made and accelerate efforts, efficiently and effectively, across HIV prevention, treatment, and care services and programs. Today, we have highly effective tools to help us continue and accelerate that trend. For example:
Despite the progress we've achieved, some populations and regions continue to fall behind. HIV stigma continues to be a major barrier to prevention, testing, and treatment, and HIV continues to affect certain groups of people more than others. They include men who have sex with men (especially young, black and Latino/Hispanic men), people who inject drugs, and transgender women. We must continue to focus our efforts on these key populations to ensure that they reap the benefits of our new HIV prevention and treatment tools.
We also need to ensure that people know about the benefits of getting and keeping an undetectable viral load and how PrEP can protect them from getting HIV. Right now, too many people—including healthcare providers—don't know about TasP and PrEP, or they don't realize how lack of access to these interventions is contributing to the ongoing epidemic. That's why we need your help to spread the word about the benefits of these tools to your families, friends, colleagues, and healthcare providers.
We are currently in the process of updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP) as both strategies expire in 2020. These updates will integrate the latest scientific advances, focus on the most effective clinical practices, respond to new challenges that have emerged (e.g., the opioid crisis), and identify opportunities for integration across programs and services. The updates will help us continue—and expand—our hard-won progress, conserve resources, and reduce healthcare costs.
This World AIDS Day, please help us sustain the forward momentum of our response to HIV in the U.S. by:
For more information on the forthcoming updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, visit our recent blog post.