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World AIDS Day 2018: What It Will Take to End the HIV Epidemic

A message from President & CEO Bill Hardy

December 1, World AIDS Day, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

This World AIDS Day, I’m excited to make two announcements about Equitas Health’s commitment to the fight against HIV.

Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: A Roadmap for Federal Action—More than 250 global, national, regional, state, and local organizations are calling on the federal government to officially declare that it is our goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2025, and to enact legislative and regulatory changes to achieve this goal. Equitas Health is an original signer of the 134-page Roadmap, which is the result of nationwide input, including our participation in AIDS United’s Public Policy Council. Here’s a link to the full Roadmap.

U=U: Undetectable=Untransmittable Campaign—Thanks to remarkable advances in treatment, those with undetectable HIV levels cannot sexually transmit the virus. Equitas Health commits to sharing U=U to raise awareness about the attainable goal of ending the epidemic through treatment.

On World AIDS Day, we are also kicking off AIDS Walk Ohio 2019 registration with a new theme: Science Not Stigma. Our goal this year is to challenge AIDS Walk participants not just to raise critical funds, but to become U=U Ambassadors, spreading the word about the new era of HIV treatment and the powerful effect it can have – ending the epidemic. As we move into 2019, there will be many opportunities to amplify the U=U message as we roll out a statewide campaign. Together we can create a climate that quiets hate with knowledge and counters stigma with science.

When we spread the word about U=U:

  • We contribute to the fight against HIV by encouraging people to get tested and get treatment. We will stop this virus by rendering it undetectable.
  • We support those living with HIV by increasing public awareness about the current era of treatment and prevention. We can eradicate social and legal discrimination by rendering the stigma irrelevant.

When we spread the word about U=U, we honor those who have died by creating a world in which ignorance and shame no longer keep people from testing, treatment, and long, healthy lives.

As always, I am grateful for the work each person contributes to the fight against HIV.

Thank you!

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Bill Hardy

President & CEO