On World AIDS Day, the Biden administration renewed its goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, releasing a new five-year strategy for the United States’ global response.
The administration said Thursday it was accelerating its response to HIV/AIDS with new global goals, including achieving key treatment targets across ages, genders and population groups; support UNAIDS goals to reduce new HIV infections; and closing equity gaps for certain groups, including adolescent girls, young women and children.
“Our work is not finished. HIV remains a serious threat to global health security and economic development,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote in the new strategy. “Our progress can easily be derailed if we lose focus or conviction, or fail to address inequalities, many of which are fueled by stigma, discrimination and punitive laws, that stand in our way.”
Also on Thursday, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, announced that it has supported antiretroviral treatment for more than 20 million men, women and children. to September 30. This is an increase from 18.96 million in fiscal year 2021.
About 64.7 million people received HIV testing services supported by the program and 5.5 million babies were prevented from being born with HIV, according to the latest PEPFAR results.
President Joe Biden requested $850 million for HIV prevention and care programs in his 2023 budget and proposed the creation of a nearly $10 billion national PrEP program to ensure prophylaxis and treatment. pre-exposure services to the uninsured and underinsured.
On World AIDS Day 2021, President Joe Biden unveiled a new National HIV/AIDS Strategy, declaring, “We are on the verge of eliminating the transmission of HIV. The goals of the U.S. strategy include preventing new HIV infections, improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, reducing health inequities, and building a more coordinated effort to fight against the epidemic.
Globally, progress towards ending HIV and AIDS has been uneven. On Thursday, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to implement global strategies on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. Twitter“With bold leadership, we can provide care for everyone! »
Despite ambitious goals to end HIV, there is still no vaccine or cure, although new ones have made diagnosis more manageable and have even helped prevent infection.
In the United States, there are large disparities in access to treatment, and black and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. More than 1.1 million people in the United States were HIV-positive at the end of 2019, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.