Biden Administration Outlines Measures to End HIV by 2030

NHAS involves a concerted effort to end infections by the end of the decade.

Health Sexual Health Triston Brewer

This article was published on September 3rd, 2022

Regarding HIV prevention, the Biden administration has a zero-tolerance policy. To reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States, the government has developed a plan called the National HIV and AIDS Strategy Implementation Plan (NHAS). This objective is being set at a time when specialists are sounding the alarm that social progress in the war against HIV is regressing. In the strategy, a priority is placed on making efforts to improve the health outcomes of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and other disadvantaged populations, as well as eliminate existing inequalities.

NHAS Targeting Typically Overlooked Groups

Additionally, transgender women, Black women, and young people aged 13 to 24 are the focus of this initiative. Additionally, drug addicts who inject drugs are also a target. The text cautions that while these activities are comprehensive, federal agencies will continue to take further steps over the following four years to support the NHAS.

However, government officials feel that by taking these steps, it will be possible to significantly and quickly improve the lives of those who are HIV positive. Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), said that the government would take 380 actions throughout ten agencies to develop measures to accomplish the 2030 objective in an interview with The Advocate, a sister journal of Plus. Self-testing and availability to PrEP are two initiatives, along with outreach and education.

Harold Phillips Brings More Than Two Decades of Experience To Role

As an out gay Black man who has been HIV positive since 2005, President Biden nominated Phillips for his position last year. Phillips has been working in this field for over 20 years and brings an impressive resume to the office.

At the International AIDS Conference 2022 in Montreal, which took place over the last weekend in July, one message was crystal clear: the world is making less progress in its fight against HIV. The conference featured hundreds of speakers and presentations. Because of shame, a lack of knowledge, and health care obstacles, fewer people are likely to access PrEP, HIV testing, antiretrovirals, and many other advancements.

The Administration Has Outlined Measured Targets

With the 2030 target in mind, the administration plans to incorporate eight measured targets, with five indicators planned to enhance the quality of life for HIV-positive people and decreasing the number of people living with HIV with unmet mental housing needs, hunger, unemployment, and mental health issues.

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