The White House has issued a comprehensive roadmap to slow the spread of HIV infection and improve the health of people living with the virus.
White House announces HIV/AIDS initiative
The plan sets a specific target to lower the annual number of new infections by 25% by 2015, outlining a strategy to reduce the number of people who become infected with HIV, as well as increase health outcomes and reduce healthcare disparities for people living with the virus.
To implement the strategy, the Obama administration in a separate document outlined the roles the federal government, states, local and tribal governments and private sector partners will play in reducing the number of infections and improving the care of HIV-infected patients. Under a memo issued by President Barack Obama, federal departments will provide a report to the White House within the next 150 days, outlining the steps they will take to implement the strategy.
HHS in particular will be central to the coordination of this strategy within other federal departments and among the states.
Provider groups with a focus on AIDS prevention hailed the White House plan. In a written statement, Kevin Carmichael, co-chair of the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition, said it would provide “an important HIV policy roadmap for our nation.”
The initiative's success “will depend on an effective implementation plan supported by the resources necessary for monitoring and evaluation and to meet the strategy's stated targets,” Michael Saag, HIV Medicine Association chairman, said in a written statement.
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