Ending the HIV Epidemic

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Introduction

This resource brief provides a selection of current, high-quality resources to support the new Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, a ten-year initiative beginning in FY 2020 to achieve the important goal of reducing new HIV infections to less than 3,000 per year by 2030. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Health Center Program will play a leading role in helping diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to end the HIV epidemic. Topics in this brief range from the need for screening and treatment to special focuses on how to conduct successful outreach to special and vulnerable populations.

About the Issue

According to the latest available data, in 2017, 38,739 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States. That annual number of new diagnoses has remained essentially stable since 2013. Further, approximately 15% (or 1 in 7) of the estimated 1.1 million people with HIV in the U.S. don’t know they have it. These data make clear that not all people who need them are benefitting from the powerful HIV prevention and treatment tools currently available. Specifically, certain populations and geographic areas continue to bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease, requiring us to sharpen the focus of our collective prevention efforts on: gay and bisexual men, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos, and U.S. residents of southern states (Status of HIV in America).

Resources

HRSA Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Strategies and Resources

HRSA’s efforts will focus on four key strategies that together can end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.:

Diagnosis. HRSA’s Health Center Program will increase HIV testing in high impacted areas by conducting expanded outreach within their communities and increasing routine and risk-based HIV testing of health center patients.

HIV Care and Treatment. If HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program receives funding and flexibility to direct the funding to the identified jurisdictions for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, HRSA will focus on linking people living with HIV who are either newly diagnosed, or are diagnosed but currently not in care, to the essential HIV care and treatment and support services needed to help them achieve an undetectable viral load.

Prevention. An estimated 1.2 million Americans are at high risk for HIV infection, but fewer than 10 percent use PrEP. HRSA plans to focus on key geographic areas and expand access to PrEP for health center patients who are at highest risk of acquiring HIV infection. This will include receiving referrals from community-based programs and providing PrEP for those who are at high risk.

Response. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Health Center Program will support these transmission-ending strategies by providing HIV care and treatment (RWHAP) and PrEP (CHC) to those identified through cluster detection activities.

Highlighted Resources from the Clearinghouse

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Mobile Patients from the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN):

Patient navigation and case management. MCN has provided patient navigation and case management to 28 HIV/AIDS patients since 2000 and continue working with 7 HIV/AIDS patients whose cases are still ongoing. 

Contact. Karen Mountain, MCN’s CEO, serves on the Steering Committee for the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center, representing FQHCs and special populations.  This is the Committee’s contact information:

Henry Pacheco, MD
South Central AIDS Education & Training Center
Parkland Health & Hospital System
8435 N. Stemmons Frwy., 11th Floor, Suite 1125
Dallas, Texas  75247

Webinars (most recent to oldest)

TransTalks (from Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference)

Learning Modules

Detailing kit

Publications

PrEP Talks (hosted live)

All Resources from the Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse actively collects focused resources on this topic. You can view all resources within the clearinghouse related to the HIV epidemic here. Many of the resources located at this link were developed by the National LGBT Health Education Center.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.