In July 2015, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (NHAS): Updated to 2020 was released by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. The NHAS focuses on four main strategies:
- Achieve a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic
- Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV
- Reduce HIV-related health disparities and health inequities
- Reducing new infections
The plan also calls for a more coordinated response to the HIV epidemic across all areas within the HIV field. You can read the NHAS (PDF) online.
In response to the release of the NHAS, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made significant changes to the ways in which HIV prevention funding is distributed in the United States. The CDCs new focus, called High Impact Prevention, seeks to direct funding to where the epidemic is hitting hardest in the country. Due to this change, many lower incidence jurisdictions in the U.S., including Kansas, began receiving annual funding reductions for HIV prevention activities in 2012.
The STI/HIV Prevention Program priority prevention activities include:
- Community-Level HIV Prevention Activities
- HIV Testing
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) related activities
- Linkage to, re-engagement in, and retention in care and support achieving viral suppression
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