Karen Ocamb

White House Blogs About National HIV/AIDS Strategy at One Year

Filed By Karen Ocamb | July 15, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

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Tags: AIDS strategy, Jeffrey Crowley, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, White House

Obama-AIDS-mtg-July-11-20111.jpgPresident Barack Obama holds meeting on AIDS policy with members of the Domestic Policy Council in the Oval Office, July 12, 2011. Participating in the briefing with the President are, from left: Greg Millett, Senior Scientist and HHS/CDC Liaison to the Office of National AIDS Policy; Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes; Jeffrey Crowley; Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy; and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House also posted a blog by Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Strategy, recognizing Wednesday, July 13, as the one year anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Crowley writes:

It's been one year since we launched the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy and today we are releasing an implementation update to keep you up to speed on the latest work. We plan to release a more comprehensive progress report after the conclusion of the calendar year, but as we mark this critical first year, we wanted to provide some reflections on key first-year achievements.

The Strategy details President Obama's three goals: 1) reduce the number of new HIV infections, 2) increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, and 3) reduce HIV-related health disparities. Our mission is for the United States to become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination. As you will see from the report, agencies throughout government are stepping up to the plate and stakeholders from all sectors are taking action.

Ultimately, for the Strategy to be truly successful, we need you. The Strategy isn't about what government can do alone. We know that businesses, the faith community, and all sectors have a role to play. The following video above everyday leaders implementing the strategy in their own communities. We hope that you can use this to engage more people in our collective efforts to implement the Strategy and energize key partners to continue their efforts. Go to AIDS.gov to receive more information and take action.

We thank everyone that has worked with us so far, and we look forward to new and productive collaborations over the coming year.

Download the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Update [pdf].

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Thanks for nice information. Human immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. At this time we can say HIV is the most terrible disease and we must keep safety.

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Ya know. As we hit the one year mark of the National AIDS Strategy we have a overwhelming crisis with the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Currently there are over 9,000 people currently on Wait List that qualify for ADAP but do not recieving any medications. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott wants to completely cut ADAP. If ADAP is cut in this state people currenly in the program and on the Wait List will have no where to turn and will die. Now, if the cut were to programs that provide canser drugs, there would be such an outcry that would come up nation wide. Due to the stigma, discrimination and lack of care from the people at large in this country it makes it possible for people to over look the issue and keep a clear at ease mind while people with HIV/AIDS are at risk of dieing. The first thing that happend to ADAP in this stay was a cut to the number of drug that were covered under this program. Now our FLA government is trying to restrick the eligiblity to the progam insureing thah less people qualify under the program currently and will also through many people off the Wait List. This will make it look beter for the Fla budet on paper yet leave every one that will no longer qualify for the ADAP program with no where to turn for life saving medications. Obama have been very slow at acting on this problem and congress has yet to addrdess the issue. Like I said, let it be cancer and they would have a public problem. Generations from now will be judging us on how we reacted to the AIDS crisis in this country and it WILL NOT BE GOOD. I mean, the USA is far behind many other countries in this battle and care for persons with HIV/AIDS. Out of 22 developed nations, the USA is the only one that has created WAIT LIST and turning down people for life saving HIV medication that are under the Federal Poverty Level, have and can not afford insurance. I am really looking at my options on how to excape this failing country to make it somewhere else where I can life without the risk of no access to my life saving medications.