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Obama new national HIV/AIDS strategy unveiled. Read plans here.

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President Obama on Tuesday afternoon unveils his administration's new HIV/AIDS national strategy.

*Read the National HIV/AIDS Strategy report here.

*Read the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Implementation plan here.

Below, from the White House.....

In the United States, approximately 56,000 people become infected with HIV each year and more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV.

To combat this growing epidemic, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is committed to making the United States 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.

To make this vision a reality, the Obama Administration is launching a comprehensive plan for fighting HIV in our country. The strategy has four primary goals:

1) Reducing the number of new infections;

2) Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV;

3) Reducing HIV-related health disparities;

To accomplish these goals, we must undertake a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic - which is why the NHAS also includes a Federal Implementation Plan that outlines key, short-term actions to be undertaken by the federal government to execute the outlined recommendations. Additionally, the White House will issue a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies to take specific steps to implement this strategy. The Presidential Memorandum will be released on Tuesday.

Since taking office, the Obama Administration has taken extraordinary steps to engage the public to evaluate what we are doing right and identify new approaches that will strengthen our response to the domestic epidemic. The Office of National AIDS Policy hosted 14 HIV/AIDS Community Discussions with thousands of Americans across the U.S. and reviewed suggestions from the public via the White House website. ONAP also organized a series of expert meetings on several HIV-specific topics, and worked with Federal and community partners who organized their own meetings to support the development of a national strategy.

The Strategy will serve as a roadmap to guide combined efforts to combat the domestic HIV epidemic. Implementing this strategy will require the commitment of all parts of society, including State and local governments, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and more.

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It's great that we're finally getting the ball rolling on a plan to help people with HIV. It's a start, but it's not really enough. I found another article on an infectious disease site that goes into further details on the cost of this program—

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