The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is part of the White House Domestic Policy Council and is tasked with coordinating the continuing efforts of the government to reduce the number of HIV infections across the United States. The Office emphasizes prevention through wide-ranging education initiatives and helps to coordinate the care and treatment of citizens with HIV/AIDS.
In the U.S., there has been important progress in providing care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS, including housing and other essential supports, and in preventing new infections through reductions in the transmission rate of HIV. In addition, there have been important advances in the broad research agenda to find a cure, develop better treatments, and develop new interventions to prevent new infections.
ONAP also coordinates with the National Security Council and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and works with international bodies to ensure that America’s response to the global pandemic is fully integrated with other prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world. Through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, the U.S. has made enormous progress in responding to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, working with countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to help expand access to treatment, care, and prevention.
As the HIV/AIDS pandemic approaches its thirtieth year, these successes give us much to celebrate, but much work remains to be done. With more than 56,000 new infections in the United States each year, we must do more as a nation to stop the spread of HIV infection. President Obama is committed to re-focusing public attention on the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic. At the same time, the Administration is committed to our ongoing efforts to ameliorate the global pandemic.