As we commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and honor National Black History Month, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the impact of HIV in the African American community.
Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of us to honor the memory of those we’ve lost, and to call attention to the fact that HIV continues to disproportionately affect African American men, women, and youth.
On Monday, December 1, 2014, the White House commemorated of World AIDS Day, welcoming key leaders in the global fight against HIV/AIDS to share highlights of our progress on both the domestic and international responses to the epidemic and discuss important priorities for our next steps.
Today is World AIDS Day -- a day where the world comes together to remember those we've lost to HIV/AIDS and to recommit ourselves to the international fight against this terrible disease.
In 2013, the Interagency Federal Working Group released a report titled "Addressing the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender–Related Health Disparities." We are proud to announce two major accomplishments stemming from this report.
Since President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010, progress reports on Strategy implementation, indicators, and federal interagency working group recommendations have been regularly published. See below for a full list of reports:
World Hepatitis Day recognition
On July 29, 2012, President Obama recognized World Hepatitis Day with a Presidential Proclamation
International AIDS Conference
The return of the Conference to the United States marked a pivotal moment in the history of the fight against HIV/AIDS. America’s leadership globally, in science, and on HIV/AIDS policies is delivering results and saving living. The Obama Administration honored this historic event in many ways:
President Obama welcomed conference participants
Administration officials discussed their personal experiences with the epidemic
The Administration released an update on federal efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
ONAP hosted stakeholder forums focused on HIV in the African American community and HIV in the Latino/Hispanic community
Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports
ONAP funded two separate projects. The first produced three reports on HIV screening and access to care.
A second IOM project identified key indicators for measuring HIV outcomes and made recommendations for improving the monitoring of HIV care across data systems.
On March 30, 2012, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum creating a Federal working group to address the intersection of HIV/AID, violence against women and gender-related health disparities.
On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, the Administration announced a $50 million increase for HIV care and treatment through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
During the fall of 2011, ONAP hosted a series of issue-specific National HIV/AIDS Strategy implementation dialogues focused on incorporating prevention and care into HIV programs, building capacity within the HIV workforce, sustaining the community-based response to HIV and maximizing effectiveness in low prevalence jurisdictions.
In July of 2011, ONAP released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Implementation Update that highlighted the strategy at work throughout federal agencies, and progress making strategic new investments and needed policy changes.
In February 2011, ONAP released an Overview of Agency Operational Plans Report of the lead agencies' plans that outlines what Federal stakeholders are doing to implement the NHAS.