What Happens After the Current Strategy Expires in 2020?
The development of the next iteration of the United States’ National HIV/AIDS Strategy is underway. This means there will be a new, updated national plan, grounded in the latest science, to guide stakeholders from all sectors in collaborative efforts focused on key strategies to achieve our national HIV goals.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which has served as the nation’s roadmap in the fight against HIV, was first released in 2010 and later updated in 2015. The current National HIV/AIDS Strategy expires in 2020.
What Is the Process for Updating the Strategy?
Recognizing the importance of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced in 2018 the process to develop the next iteration of the Strategy in parallel with the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, which also expires in 2020.
The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS is facilitating the process. OHAIDP is collaborating with federal partners from across many departments and agencies to compile the best available evidence and recommendations for the next Strategy to put us on the path to meeting nationwide goals. That work is being coordinated by a federal interagency steering committee. Input from stakeholders at all levels from all across the nation is also being collected. The goal is to ensure that the next iteration of the Strategy remains responsive to pressing challenges in HIV, is focused on the most effective and scalable actions, responds to the needs of disproportionately affected communities and populations, and is based on the latest and best scientific evidence about HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
The next editions of both the nation’s HIV and viral hepatitis strategies are being developed at the same time. That means that some activities—like gathering stakeholder input—are being done concurrently. However, like their predecessors, they will remain separate and distinct national strategies, one for HIV and one for viral hepatitis.
How Do I Provide Input?
Community input is integral to the development of the next edition of the NHAS, as it has been in the development and implementation of the current and previous editions. Since the fall of 2018, OHAIDP has facilitated multiple opportunities for stakeholder input. The current and upcoming opportunities for input are:
- Provide oral or written input during a March 21, 2019 listening session at the CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference
When Will the Next Strategy Be Released?
The goal is to release the next editions of both the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan in mid-2020.
What Has Happened Lately?
Read about some of the recent developments in this process in these blog posts: