White House Updates the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
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By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly Late last week the White House released an update the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy. While it keeps the four objectives set in 2010 (reducing infections, increasing access to care, reducing disparities in health care, and coordinating a national response), this update includes four priorities to achieve these goals:
Widespread HIV testing and linkage to care, enabling people living with HIV to access treatment early.
Broad support for people living with HIV to remain engaged in comprehensive care, including support for treatment adherence.
Universal viral suppression among people living with HIV, since it benefits their health and reduces transmission of the virus to others.
Full access to comprehensive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services for those whom it is appropriate and desired, with support for medication adherence for those using PrEP.Â As one of the tools in the HIV-prevention toolkit, PrEP is a way for people who donâ€™t have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.