HAHSTA Rolls Out HIV Prevention Plan for 2011-2012

An ounce of prevention is worth a worth a pound of a cure. Credit: aids-information.net.
An ounce of prevention is worth a worth a pound of a cure.

The office of HIV/AIDS, Heptatitis,STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA), in conjunction with the DC HIV Prevention Community Group, announced the release of the 2011-2012 HIV Prevention Plan for the city on Monday. The inclusive plan is an update from the 2006-2010 plan and includes a new Community Services Assessment. This feature uses epidemiology, behavioral and ethnographic data to help demonstrate and meet the needs of subgroups more effectively. The plan will be instrumental when HAHSTA applies for HIV prevention funds from the Center for Disease Control. DC is one of the cities selected to participate in the 12 Cities Project sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Prevention Plan is divided into four sections: Community Services Assessment, HIV Prevention Interventions, Prioritization of Populations, and Recommended Interventions. It also prioritizes subgroups placing People Living With HIV first and HIV Negative Individuals second. Special Populations such as Transgender Individuals, Latino Heterosexuals, and Sex Workers are also included in the plan. The Prevention Plan addresses issues such as risk behaviors, condom use, stigma and discrimination. Finally, the plan aligns suggested interventions and subgroups together.

Congratulations to HAHSTA and the DC HIV Prevention Community Group for producing a comprehensive, research-based and culturally balanced plan that deeply examines the roadblocks that keep us from defeating HIV.

The plan will be posted on HAHSTA's website soon. To learn more about the 12 Cities Project and see what other cities included in their comprehensive prevention plan, click here.

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