Federal agencies stress importance of health equity for World AIDS Day

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During this year’s observance of World AIDS Day, December 1, our colleagues across the federal government highlighted their continued work to address and promote health equity as part of an increased response to move towards Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States The theme of this year’s celebration “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice” is reflected in all messages from our partners.

Below we feature video from the White House event to commemorate World AIDS Day and launch the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Update (2022-2025), along with blogs of 10 of our federal partners.

The White House

The video includes messages from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra; Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of TruEvolution, an HIV care and services organization; and President Biden. You can watch the video here.

Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Letter to my dear colleagues—this letter details some of the recent data related to the persistence and severity of the HIV epidemic among black and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and people who inject drugs and encourages us to work together to address the root causes of health inequities and make HIV prevention and treatment tools accessible to all who could benefit from them.

Administration of health resources and services

HRSA commemorates World AIDS Day—this HRSA blog post details data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) and notes that in 2020, RWHAP served nearly 562,000 people and of those clients, 89.4% were virally suppressed, which is a record viral suppression rate.

Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA observes World AIDS Day with a renewed commitment to ending the HIV epidemic—in this blog post, Kristin Roha, MS, MPH, HIV Public Health Advisor, details SAMHSA’s commitment to using new strategies and innovative approaches to end the HIV epidemic and how SAMHSA s strives to place health equity at the center of its response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, including funding several grant programs that address health inequities experienced by communities disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

33rd World AIDS Day: Remember and Reset, a message from HUD—this HUD blog post looks back at the first World AIDS Day in 1988 and the progress made since then to reduce new HIV infections and improve housing and economic stability as essential interventions to end HIV/AIDS. HIV epidemic in the United States.

US Department of Justice

Statement by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke on World AIDS DayThis statement outlines the Department’s commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS to live free from stigma and discrimination through the enforcement of civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH

On this World AIDS Day, finding inspiration at the intersection of HIV and substance abuse—this blog post by Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, discusses the importance of ensuring that the national HIV response incorporates interventions that address the complex interactions between substance abuse and HIV.

Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH

World AIDS Day 2021: the role of research in the national HIV/AIDS strategy—this blog post by Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director of OAR, NIH, speaks to the World AIDS Day 2021 virtual event hosted by the OAR: The Role of Research in the National Response to HIV/AIDS (NHAS) which took place on December 1 and focused on the role of the NIH in HIV and AIDS research, as OAR continues to play a central role in setting the national and global HIV research agenda for the NIH.

US State Department

Commemoration of World AIDS Daythis blog post by Secretary of State Antony Blinken recognizes continued progress in the global response to HIV and AIDS, and the road ahead to end the HIV epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Administrator Samantha Power on World AIDS Day 2021—this statement recognizes USAID’s continued commitment to people who face significant challenges accessing and receiving health care, including adolescent girls and young women, and key populations most at risk of contracting HIV, such as sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men, people in prison and people who inject drugs.

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Ending the HIV and AIDS Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice—in this blog post, Elizabeth Maguire, Communications Manager for the HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions Program, highlights the availability of tools for VA-supported veterans, such as PrEP, U=U, or “Undetectable = Untransmittable”, syringe service programs, and routine tests.

This collection complements the ongoing coverage of World AIDS Day 2021 on HIV.gov. For more information on World AIDS Day, visit HIV.gov.

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