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July 13, 2010
White House Reveals National HIV/AIDS Strategy
The White House has released its national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS, which is aimed at reducing the number of new infections and providing high quality care for those living with the virus, The New York Times reports.
According to the article, the major goals of the strategy are to reduce the rate of new HIV cases by 25 percent over the next five years and to get treatment to 85 percent of newly diagnosed patients within three months. The White House also aims to focus on education, providing stigma-free care and fighting AIDS in developing countries.
To combat discrimination against people living with HIV, the plan hopes to make HIV awareness programs part of “all educational environments and health and wellness initiatives.” HIV prevention efforts will concentrate on populations most at risk, which include gay and bisexual men and African Americans.
The strategy will also build on Bush-era policies that fought AIDS in developing countries by setting specific targets and pushing for coordination among government agencies to safeguard against “missteps” and “wasted, duplicated efforts.”
peter, new jersey, 2010-07-22 13:05:57
Ryan White Providers and HOPWA in my experience need an overhaul to truly serve the HIV + patient. They lose applications, they promise payment for help with electric, housing subsidy but make you wait over a year, the food vouchers to supermarkets go unpaid. I belive they are sincere in trying, it's their source for funding, town councils voting on paying bills. Obama, if you want to help HIV+ Constituents, lets get easier access to funding $ and make promises of assistance get prompt attention
Jerry, Saint Petersburg, 2010-07-15 14:04:46
At least they are going to have a plan in force, its at least something to look forward to.
J. Combs, Gaithersburg, MD, 2010-07-14 13:10:48
60 pages? I think the biggest conerns are prevention AND equal care/access to medicines and knowledgable Doctors in every state.
Rich Sutton, St. Louis, 2010-07-14 12:29:15
I'm cautiously optimistic. How will it be paid for? And getting the 2000+ people off the APAP waiting lists should be a top priority, and thats not what I heard.
Darren Mitton, Rome GA, 2010-07-14 12:19:46
In other words, more of the same tired rhetoric and propaganda that have cost so many lives.... And very little actual action. I'm sorry, but extremely basic literature and ads do NOT save lives - advances in research those being made available to the public DO.