Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America was launched in February 2019. The timeline below features some highlights of the activities that have taken place since then.
February 5: President Donald J. Trump announces his administration’s new initiative, Ending the Epidemic: A Plan for America, during his State of the Union address.
February 5: HHS Secretary Alex Azar shares additional details about the new plan in a blog post.
February 7: HHS leaders publish an editorial in the online edition of JAMA that provides details about Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan America.
February 28: CDC data confirm that progress in HIV prevention has stalled—demonstrating the critical need for the new plan.
March 5: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), gives a plenary address about the plan at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.
March 11: HHS announces that Minority HIV/AIDS Fund resources will be used to support initial plan activities.
March 11: President Trump proposes $291 million in the FY2020 HHS budget to begin the multi-year initiative focused on ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. by 2030.
March 13: HRSA hosts a webinar for its grantees on the agency’s role in implementing Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. (Note: You must sign in before you can view the webinar.)
March 14-15: The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convenes and discusses the plan to end the HIV epidemic.
March 18: New CDC analysis indicates that the vast majority (about 80%) of new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2016 were transmitted from people who either did not know they had HIV or who were not receiving HIV care—highlighting the power of testing and treatment to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
March 18: CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) opens with a plenary session on Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.
March 19: HHS Secretary Alex Azar addresses NHPC about the plan.
May 9: HHS announces that Gilead Sciences has agreed to donate PrEP medication for up to 200,000 uninsured individuals each year for up to 11 years. This supports the plan’s objective to increase the number of people who have access to PrEP.
May 15: Getting to Zero Illinois launches the first stage of a plan to end the epidemic in Illinois by 2030. This plan shares a core foundation with Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America: increasing the number of people who are virally suppressed or on PrEP.
June 4: Dr. Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), participate in a webinar on Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. The event is hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Global Health Policy Center.
June 11: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) gives A-level recommendations for HIV screening and prevention. The Task Force states that clinicians should screen for HIV in adolescents, adults, and pregnant people and offer PrEP to people at high risk for HIV. These recommendations give strong support for the plan’s objectives related to HIV testing and prevention.
June 25: HRSA hosts its second webinar on the plan for all Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, partner organizations, and stakeholders.
June 27: The Trump administration awards $1 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to 10 metropolitan areas to provide technical assistance to strengthen efforts to end the HIV epidemic through improvements along the HIV care continuum.
June 27: IHS and the Cherokee Nation launch a new HIV pilot project to support Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. The pilot will use $1.5 million in funding from the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund (MHAF) to begin implementing and evaluating key foundational activities that will accelerate progress toward ending the HIV epidemic in Indian Country.
July 3: HHS awards pilot funds to three jurisdictions to jumpstart activities to further reduce the number of new HIV transmissions. Each of the jurisdictions—DeKalb County, Georgia; Baltimore City, Maryland; and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana—receives $1.5 million from the MHAF for this purpose.
July 8: The Assistant Secretary for Health, ADM Brett Giroir, announces that a team of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers will provide regional support for Ending the HIV Epidemic initiatives in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles. As part of the Corps’ Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) program, the officers’ will develop health interventions to targeted communities.
July 9: Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS’s (PACHA) 64th meeting is held in Jackson, MS, focusing on Ending the HIV Epidemic in the southern states and among African Americans.
July 22: Researchers report findings of an NIH-funded study of strategies to identify and support men who have sex with men and transgender women with unsuppressed HIV. When “hardly reached” individuals were reached and connected to HIV treatment through concerted efforts, nearly half were virally suppressed by one year.
- August 2: HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Joe Grogan meet with state and local health officials in Indianapolis, IN, about the work being done in Indiana to end the HIV epidemic, as part of ongoing efforts by HHS officials to visit the jurisdictions prioritized in Phase I of the initiative.
- August 14: The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) releases three Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's role in Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.
- September 5: NIH awards approximately $11.3 million to support implementation research collaborations with community partners in 43 of the 57 jurisdictions prioritized in Phase I of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.
September 5: Representatives from most of the 57 jurisdictions prioritized in Phase I of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America gather for a full-day meeting with representatives from several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies to discuss their plans to achieve the initiative’s goals.
September 5-8: The 2019 U.S. Conference on AIDS brings together people with HIV, health care providers, activists, federal leaders, and representatives of clinics and community-based organizations to discuss implementation of Ending the Epidemic: A Plan for America.
September 26: HHS appoints Harold J. Phillips as Senior HIV Advisor in the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) and Chief Operating Officer of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. In this position, he oversees the coordination of the initiative’s activities across all of HHS’s operating divisions as they help jurisdictions make the best use of the science, data, and tools now available to end the HIV epidemic. He also ensures there is both community awareness and engagement in all EHE efforts.
- October 2: HHS awards $12 million to CDC-funded state and local health departments to support development of comprehensive Ending the HIV Epidemic plans that are tailored by and for each of the 57 communities prioritized in phase I of the initiative.
October 7: IHS awards $2.4 million to nine Tribal Epidemiology Centers to support implementation of EHE in Indian Country.
- October 16: HRSA notifies 182 eligible health centers in the 57 EHE jurisdiction of the opportunity to apply for supplemental funding to expand or initiate HIV prevention services in primary care.
October 21-22: The 65th meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is held in Miami, Florida, with a focus on HIV in the Latinx community and the response to HIV in Florida and Puerto Rico.