In response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, UCHAPS has a continued focus to build partnerships and collaborations in expanding access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. To that end, UCHAPS announced the launch of National HIV Testing Week US (NHTWUS) and Local Engagement Advocacy Day (LEAD) events throughout the week of June 21-27, 2018. NHTWUS and LEAD encourages individuals and communities to get information; take action, and involve additional people.
NHTWUS is a commitment to building a network of community partners to help more individuals become aware of their HIV status and to encourage those who know their HIV status and are not in care to start a discussion with a healthcare provider about treatment. A united effort during NHTWUS and LEAD will be instrumental in increasing awareness and access to HIV testing, care, and supportive services. LEAD will promote local advocacy and the power of individuals and communities to create meaningful changes. Individuals and communities will receive information on NHTWUS, LEAD, and tools to engage in advocacy actions that ultimately promote youth involvement and local “End the Epidemic” goals. Through support from Gilead Sciences, Abbott Laboratories, Department of Health and Human Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and others, UCHAPS has mobilized and provided support to over 75 community partners throughout the United States.
NACCHO encourages our members to use these resources beyond HIV Testing Week and join the movement to increase awareness of HIV status and build community engagement and advocacy opportunities within their local regions.