During the 2008 campaign, a coalition of AIDS service organizations and advocates called upon all candidates for the Presidency to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy to address serious gaps in progress against HIV/AIDS. As a candidate, the future President Obama pledged that his administration would develop a Strategy and, following his election, the White House actively solicited advice from people living with HIV and community groups on what should be contained in the Strategy. Project Inform has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy and provided significant advice as to what we believed this much needed document should contain.
On July 13, 2010, President Barack Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The document is almost entirely what Project Inform hoped for.Â It sets assertive but achievable goals for improving the health of HIV-positive people and reducing new infections.Â It is deliberately and thoughtfully focused on a limited set of goals and activities that are most likely to have significant impact on the epidemicÂ — particularly testing and linkage to care (go to Prevention Projects).Â In the time since its release, Project Inform and the Steering Committee have taken steps to support full implementation of the Strategy, including by supporting the President’s proposed 2012 Budget which embodies movement toward its essential goals.
Project Inform’s Summary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
National HIV/AIDS Strategy of the United States
HHS and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, by Miguel Gomez