Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: A Roadmap for Federal Action

We can end the HIV Epidemic by 2025.

More than 250 global, national, regional, state, and local organizations are calling on the federal government, in a policy paper published November 30, 2018 by AIDS United and Act Now: End AIDS, to officially declare that it is our goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2025. The document, titled Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: A Roadmap for Federal Action  demands that the federal government 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 a nationwide input, including our participation in AIDS United’s Public Policy Council.

From the Executive Summary of

Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States:

A Roadmap for Federal Action

The United States now has the tools and ability to end the HIV epidemic at home.

Highly effective antiretroviral therapy, taken as treatment or prevention, provides the means to end our HIV epidemic, even without a vaccine or cure, by:

• dramatically reducing new HIV cases,

• ending AIDS deaths,

• eliminating disparities in access to quality HIV prevention and treatment.

We now know that for people living with HIV, retention in HIV treatment that suppresses viral load to an undetectable level both sustains optimal individual health and eliminates the risk of sexual transmission of the virus.

Successful HIV prevention for HIV-negative individuals is available through a combination of

• sexual health education,

• routine HIV screening,

• wide access to both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP),

• syringe access and other harm reduction services,

• comprehensive insurance coverage of these interventions as essential preventive health care services.

 

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