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U.S. News

Mixed Reviews of National HIV/AIDS Strategy on Its First Anniversary

July 18, 2011

U.S. advocates are marking the one-year anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy by reviewing what has been achieved and what still needs priority attention. The three principal goals of NHAS are:

  • Reducing HIV incidence;
  • Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes; and
  • Minimizing HIV-related health disparities.

The National Minority AIDS Council said the viability of NHAS is dependent upon the full support of President Obama, Congress and members of the public health community.

"While not perfect, initiatives like [CDC's] Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning and Implementation and [HHS'] 12 Cities Project are promising programs aimed at identifying ways to effectively allocate funds and identify gaps in infrastructure and services," the council added.

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Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), noted that more than 8,600 Americans in 13 states are on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Thousands of patients have been or are being disenrolled as state ADAPs change their eligibility requirements, he said.

AHF is launching the "What Has the President Done About AIDS?" campaign in several markets, with TV ads running on CNN, starting in Miami-Dade. Florida is the epicenter of the ADAP crisis, with more than 3,500 patients currently waiting for critical medicines.

Housing Works CEO and President Charles King said the administration's proposed $105 million increase in federal funding for 2012 falls short of the $126 million requested by advocates to tackle AIDS. "President Obama's plan fails to identify HIV/AIDS in the U.S. as the emergency that it is -- and if we want him to do so, we've got to take him to task," King said.

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Adapted from:
Florida Independent
07.12.2011; Marcus Restrepo


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Executive Summary
U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy
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