HIV continues to be a major public health crisis in the U.S. with almost 40,000 new cases each year, compounded by the syndemics of opioid use, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB). As such, the Act Now End AIDS coalition (a national cohort of HIV service organizations, providers, and people living with HIV), in concert with AIDS United, has developed a new policy paper, “Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: A Roadmap for Federal Action.”
While the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. reside in every congressional district, state, and territory, new cases of HIV and HIV/AIDS-related deaths are increasingly concentrated in communities of color, among members of the LGBTQ community, and in the Southern states. While communities across the U.S. have already begun taking concrete steps to end their state and local HIV epidemics, ending the HIV epidemic across the country will require increased Federal commitment and the concerted and coordinated efforts of community-based organizations, state and local governments, people living with and vulnerable to HIV, communities, clinicians, and service providers.
To build momentum for this call for action ahead of its World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) launch, AIDS United invites organizations with an interest in ending the epidemic to sign on to this call for the U.S. government to officially declare that it is our goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2025 and enact legislative and regulatory changes to achieve this goal. Please fill out this form by close of business (8pm ET) on Wednesday, November 28 to be listed as a signer of this document on its World AIDS Day launch.
For more information, view the below resources:
- Link to the Executive Summary (to be used as the basis of Hill advocacy for this Roadmap): http://bit.ly/EtERoadmapExecSummary
- Link to the full Roadmap: http://bit.ly/EtERoadmap
If you have questions, please reach out to Senior Policy Manager Alex Smith via email at ASmith@aidsunited.org.