Led by ACT UP New York, a coalition of advocates has presented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a document titled The Atlanta Principles, according to a statement from the Treatment Action Group (TAG), which is part of the coalition. The document provides a series of proposed actions the Atlanta–based CDC can take now to significantly improve HIV prevention in the United States.

The new document is named in honor of the 1983 document The Denver Principles, which urged a self-empowerment approach to fighting AIDS. Aside from condoms, the new document urges the CDC to address biomedical prevention options such as treatment as prevention (TasP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). It also urges the CDC to address social and structural barriers to these options.

The Atlanta Principles seek sexually frank HIV prevention messaging and education; better promotion and availability of TasP, PrEP and PEP; revised testing guidelines for key populations, more sensitive HIV epidemiology; reform of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS), which collects data on testing, risks and prevention services; and ongoing partnership with affected communities.

To read the TAG statement, click here.

To read The Atlanta Principles, click here.