Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America
By Tim Nedoba
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. The initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90% by 2030. Ending the HIV Epidemic leverages critical scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outbreak response by coordinating the highly successful programs, resources, and infrastructure of many HHS agencies and offices.
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Healthexternal icon is coordinating this cross-agency initiative. Collaborating agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
More than 700,000 American lives have been lost to HIV since 1981.
More than 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV and many more are at risk of HIV infection.
While new HIV diagnoses have declined significantly from their peak, progress on further reducing them has stalled with an estimated 40,000 Americans being newly diagnosed each year. Without intervention, another 400,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed over 10 years despite the available tools to prevent infections.
The U.S. government spends $20 billion in annual direct health expenditures for HIV prevention and care.
There is a real risk of an HIV resurgence due to several factors, including injection drug use and diagnostic complacency among healthcare providers.