National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), will host Live with Leadership: A Conversation Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with federal and community leaders.
The White House recently released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy which highlights black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, as well as black women, including transgender women, as populations disproportionately affected by HIV.
It comes as on December 1, 2021, President Biden commemorated World AIDS Day and renewed the U.S. government’s decades-long bipartisan commitment to ending the HIV epidemic at home and around the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of the HIV/AIDS response, from prevention to treatment to research, the United States government has pledged to redouble its efforts to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and achieve equitable access to HIV prevention. , care and treatment in each community—especially for communities of color, adolescent girls and young women, and the LGBTQI+ community.
President Biden delivers remarks on World AIDS Day
2021 marked 40 years since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially reported the first cases of what later became AIDS.
An estimated 36 million people, including 700,000 in the United States, have died of an AIDS-related illness. Nearly 38 million people are living with HIV, including 1.2 million in the United States.
The Biden-Harris administration has worked to build on the progress of the past few years and promote American leadership in global health while advancing strategies and policies to improve access to health services, address stigma and discrimination, achieve equity, support human rights and strengthen public health infrastructure.
In releasing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, President Biden pledged to update and implement the comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to “aggressively reduce new cases of HIV, while improving access to treatment and eliminating inequitable access to medical and support services”.
Mr. Biden released a new National HIV/AIDS Strategy to provide the framework and direction for policy, research, programs and administration planning through 2025 and lead us to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. The new National HIV/AIDS Strategy:
- Incorporates the latest data on HIV incidence, prevalence and trends;
- Expands focus on the social determinants of health that influence an individual’s HIV risk or outcome;
- Encourages the reform of national laws on the criminalization of HIV;
- Adds new focus on opportunities to engage the private sector in new and important ways in the nation’s work to end the HIV epidemic.
Ultimately, the goal is to accelerate progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.