Office of National AIDS Policy Blog

  • Spotlight on HIV and Aging

    Ed. note: This was originally posted on the AIDS.gov blog on Friday, July 10, 2015. See the original post here.

    Next week, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging puts a spotlight on healthy aging. Held each decade since the 1960s, the conference brings together older Americans, caregivers, government officials, and business and community leaders to discuss a vision for healthy aging in the next decade. For many of us, that vision includes healthy aging, support, and security for older Americans living with HIV, especially given that people aged 50 and older accounted for 40% (or 374,613) of the estimated 933,996 people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States in 2012. Thus, it is an opportune moment to highlight some of the many activities underway across the federal government addressing HIV and aging.

  • White House’s Douglas Brooks Discusses the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 (Video)

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the AIDS.gov blog. See the original post here.

    In this new video, Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, discusses with AIDS.gov efforts underway to develop a five-year update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which will be released on July 30, 2015.

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  • White House Director Douglas Brooks Shares Testing Day Message

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the AIDS.gov blog. See the original post here.

    A few days before the 2015 observance of National HIV Testing Day, I sat down with Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, for a brief conversation about HIV testing. Douglas shared his personal perspective on how he benefited from an HIV test 25 years ago. He also discussed how this annual observance supports HIV policies and programs year round.

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    Read more about resources you can use to participate in National HIV Testing Day to help members of your community get information they can use to protect their health.

  • ONAP Concludes Series of Community Forums on Updating National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the AIDS.gov blog. See the original post here.

    Over the past month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted a series of listening sessions in four cities across the country—Los Angeles, Nashville, Detroit, and Boston—to gather community perspectives that will inform its update of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). At each session, Mr. Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, Director of ONAP, discussed the process underway to review and update the NHAS, which will continue to guide the U.S. government and partners’ response to HIV/AIDS domestically for the next 5 years. He then listened to community input, beginning with ideas shared by a panel of local HIV community leaders assembled for each session. This post shares highlights from each of those sessions.

  • Office of National AIDS Policy to Host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums

    Over the next two months, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will host four regional forums across the country that will inform the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2016-2020. Central to achieving the Strategy’s goals is sustained and ongoing dialogue with communities around the country, including state and local health officials, community based organizations, medical and social service providers, and people living with HIV. This year, we will renew our commitment to the Strategy’s vision by updating the data, the science, and the policies needed to move forward by improving our national approach to HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

    Released in July 2010, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is our nation’s first comprehensive plan to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes, reduce HIV-related disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response. Since 2010, major scientific and policy advances have informed our approach to addressing HIV in the United States. To guide our Strategy for the next five years, we want and need to hear from you: those on the ground, providing and receiving life-enhancing services every day, in response to the Strategy’s vision and goals.

  • Stepping out of the Shadows, Together for Women and Girls

    Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with other Federal, national and community organizations and advocates, today we celebrate our accomplishments to date in improving the lives of women and girls affected by HIV, and recognize the work still ahead.

    Our observance highlights the strides we have made in HIV prevention and care for women and girls across the United States. The introduction of antiretroviral drugs means that fewer women die from AIDS and pregnant women have reliable means by which to protect their babies from the virus. In fact, rates of mother-to-child transmission continue to fall, despite more women with HIV giving birth. Under the Affordable Care Act, new health plans are now required to cover HIV screening without cost sharing, for everyone aged 15 to 65, pregnant women, and others who may be at increased risk.