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U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy

July 19, 2010

U.S. government officials have formally unveiled the country's first national strategy for fighting HIV/AIDS within its borders. Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council Director; Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy; and Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke at a White House briefing on July 13 and took questions from journalists and HIV/AIDS community members in the briefing room.

Later in the day, President Barack Obama gave a brief speech about the strategy in front of a group of HIV/AIDS community members at the White House. (Read the transcript.)

(The man you hear calling out at around 7:43 in the video is apparently Housing Works President and CEO Charles King. Housing Works later issued a statement explaining King's outburst and offering King's summary of a conversation he had with Obama following the speech.)

The newly released national HIV/AIDS strategy documents are available as PDFs:

Reactions to the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy is collecting opinions from throughout the U.S. HIV/AIDS community to get folks' first impressions on the strategy. As you can see on our "Word on the Street" page dedicated to feedback on the strategy, reactions thus far are pretty mixed. We'll continue to add reactions as we receive them.

In addition to our "Word on the Street" feedback, we're collecting official statements from HIV/AIDS organizations and community leaders, which we'll excerpt and link below.

This article was initially written on July 14, 2010. It has since been updated with new material.

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