July 16, 2013
In line with the Obama administration's goal of creating a global AIDS-free generation, President Barack Obama on Monday "ordered a stepped up effort to deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States" through an executive order from the White House, Reuters reports. "The order said a working group chaired by Grant Colfax, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would have 180 days to deliver recommendations to the president," the news agency writes, adding, "The HIV Care Continuum Working Group will gather information from federal agencies on HIV testing and care, review HIV research, and recommend ways to accelerate and improve HIV treatment and care, it said" (Abutaleb, 7/15). "The order directs Colfax and Sebelius to convene representatives from major federal departments and agencies to review new literature on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention," as well as meet with stakeholders, The Hill's "Healthwatch" blog states (Baker/Vieback, 7/15). Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, write about the HIV Care Continuum Initiative in the AIDS.gov blog (7/15).