National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020

HIVCan you imagine a United States where HIV infections are infrequently heard of? Or a country where access to high quality HIV care is readily available to all? This is the America the White House is currently working towards. Yesterday, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020 report was released to the American public. This strategy is an updated version of the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy document. The original 2010 strategy served to, “…prioritize and organize HIV prevention and care services locally, and deliver clinical and other related services that support people living with HIV and encourage their engagement in treatment and care.” According to the White House’s press release, the previous 2010 version also, “…changed the way the American people talk about HIV.”

The newly released strategy shares the following vision concerning HIV in the United States:

“The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”

Progress toward this vision’s realization is discussed within the Updated to 2020 report as it reflects accomplishments and lessons learned since the release of the 2010 strategy. The following three key changes added to the updated document are highlighted here:

  1. “The Steps and Recommended Actions under each of the goals have been revised to reflect past progress and activities to meet the Strategy goals…
  2. The Update has 10 quantitative indicators—some of which are new additions, and some of which are revised—to better monitor progress and ensure that the Nation is constantly moving in the right direction to achieve its goals…
  3. The objectives and recommendations of both the HIV Care Continuum Initiative and the Federal Interagency Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities have been fully integrated into the Steps and Recommended Actions…”

In addition, the Update stresses the importance of four key areas of focus in need of prioritization over the coming five years. These areas of focus include the following:

  • Widespread testing and linkage to care
  • Broad support for people living with HIV to remain engaged in comprehensive care
  • Universal viral suppression…
  • Full access to comprehensive PrEP services…”

The report concludes with a 2010-2013 Progress Report detailing the headway achieved since the release of the first 2010 report. Ten indicators and their individual advancements are outlined in this section.

For more information on the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy, check out the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Federal Implementation Plan companion document.


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