What is PACHA?
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services regarding programs, policies, and research to promote effective treatment, prevention and cure of HIV disease and AIDS, including considering common co-morbidities of those infected with HIV as needed to promote effective HIV prevention and treatment and quality services to persons living with HIV disease and AIDS.
This includes advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding the development and implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Information on the next and most recent meetings and/or current announcements about PACHA are provided here.
March 14-15, 2022
PACHA convened the 73rd full council meeting virtually on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15, 2022. This meeting included the PACHA-to-the-People interactive community engagement session on March 14 during which community members provided feedback in breakout sessions focusing on two main topics:
- Breakout A: HIV Prevention in the Context of Ending the HIV Epidemic
- Breakout B: National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative
- PACHA letter to HHS Secretary Becerra on scaling up PrEP uptake nationwide (PDF 311 KB)
- Agenda (PDF 217 KB)
- Federal Register Notice
- View video from the meeting
- March 14, 2022
- March 15, 2022
- Morning session including PACHA workgroup update on molecular HIV cluster detection and response and PEPFAR update on 2022 guidance to countries
- Afternoon session (part 1) including panel on women and girls and panel on HIV workforce
- Afternoon session (part 2) including panel on expanding PrEP access, public comments, and closing reflections
- View the presentation slides
- March 14
- March 15
- PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Guidance 2022 (Jirair Ratevosian, State Department) (PDF 3.1 MB)
- Strengthening the HIV Workforce
- Providing PrEP for the Nation
- Driving Demand, Creating Access for PrEP (Kenyon Farrow, PrEP4All) (PDF 564 KB)
- A New Ending, Not Just a New Chapter the Need for a National PrEP Program (Amy Killelea) (PDF 107 KB)
- Providing PrEP for the Nation (Carl Baloney, AIDS United) (PDF 210 KB)
- Policies & Programs Needed to Ensure PrEP Access Nationwide (Carl Schmid, HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute) (PDF 652 KB)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) has concluded the call for nominations for membership on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/ AIDS. The deadline for submission was on January 3, 2022.
How the Council Performs Its Work
Subcommittees consisting of members of PACHA may be established to perform specific functions within the Council's jurisdiction. Subcommittees make preliminary recommendations for consideration of the full council. Currently, PACHA consists of three subcommittees: The Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Subcommittee, Stigma and Disparities Subcommittee, and the Global Subcommittee. The Department Committee Management Officer is notified upon establishment of each subcommittee and is provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.
Management and support services are provided by the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Meetings are held at the call of the Chair(s), with the advance approval of a full-time Government official, who also approves the agenda. A Government official is present at all meetings.