Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
Speaker at NHAS community event
We recommend that the Federal government review the coordination of funding for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health services on the Federal and State level, with the goal of increasing access to these services for patients with HIV.
I find that my clients are underserved and lack the needed support services and medical care that affects their health and well-being.
Understand that syringe exchange is the gateway to treatment and we need to take the obstacles and hurdles out of people getting into [care].
[We] support language in health insurance reform legislation prohibiting companies from refusing coverage for an individual based on their medical history or health risk.
Negative cultural influences and stigma are big challenges for [Latinos], and we need interventions that will address core family values among the Hispanic community as well as traditionalism and machismo.
There can be no true progress without stigma reduction. Stigma is still the REAL reason so many don't want to know their status, don't get help, or are afraid to be advocates for their own health.

Strategy

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President Obama committed to developing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy with three primary goals:

  1. reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV,
  2. increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV, and
  3. reducing HIV-related health disparities.

To accomplish these goals, we must undertake a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic. The Strategy is intended to be a concise plan that will identify a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes. Accompanying the Strategy is a Federal Implementation Plan that outlines the specific steps to be taken by various Federal agencies to support the high-level priorities outlined in the Strategy. This is an ambitious plan that will challenge us to meet all of the goals that we set. The job, however, does not fall to the Federal Government alone, nor should it. Success will require the commitment of all parts of society, including State, tribal and local overnments, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others. The vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is simple:

The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.

Read the full executive summary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Themes from 14 Community Discussions and Submissions to the White House


Primary Presidential Goals

  • Prevent New HIV Infections
  • Increase Access to Care and Optimize Health Outcomes
  • Reduce HIV-Related Health Disparities

Themes to Help Advance the President’s Goals

Themes related to Preventing New HIV Infections

  • Create a National Campaign to Increase Public Awareness and Prevention of HIV
  • Increase Prevention Efforts Among Youth
  • Routinize, Increase, and Improve Testing
  • Increase Access to Condoms
  • Eliminate the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange
  • Increase Harm Reduction and Treatment Adherence Education
  • Improve and Expand Surveillance Data

Themes related to Increasing Access to Care and Optimize Health Outcomes

  • Expand Support Services
  • Include Chronic Disease Management in Overall Health Care Delivery
  • Recognize and Treat Co-occurring Conditions
  • Increase the Number of HIV Care Providers and HIV/AIDS Education and Training

Themes related to Reducing HIV-Related Health Disparities

  • Expand Services to At-Risk Populations
  • Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services and Interventions
  • Improve Availability of HIV-Related Services in Rural Areas and U.S. Territories

Crosscutting Themes and Recommendations

  • Evaluation and Program Monitoring
  • Coordination Across Agencies, States, Communities, and Providers
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Policy and Research

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Community Ideas Report

Community Ideas for Improving the Response to the Domestic HIV Epidemic.  A Report on a National Dialog on HIV/AIDS.

Last fall, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) asked Americans to give us their input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We have released a report of the major themes that we heard from the public.

I am tired of telling teenagers that their HIV test is positive... Every 17-year-old I diagnose with HIV represents 60 to 80 years of transmission potential [and] each represents nearly a million dollars in healthcare costs over their lifetime.
All too often, people suffering from multiple chronic conditions receive little to no coordination of their health care from the various specialists that they regularly interact with. Adapt chronic health care models that emphasize outpatient primary care, patient education, and multiple-condition health care coordination.
Let people of color develop their own messages that work, not outside people telling them how and what they need to do. Help develop and educate grassroots CBOs and ASOs about how to serve the community they are in.