US: Obama signs Executive Order for new National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Updated to 2020, a new HIV/AIDS details principles and priorities to guide the collective national work to address HIV in the US over the next five years. Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Douglas Brooks said that the level of HIV infection in the U.S. is “stable overall, but the risk to gay men remains severe. We still have an HIV epidemic, especially for young black men.”

Brooks said HIV “remains a major health crisis for the United States.” Despite successes in treatment and prevention, certain groups, highlighted by Brooks, remain a priority in the new strategy. This includes gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men of all races and ethnicities, black women and men, Latinos and Latinas, people who inject drugs, people between the ages of 13 and 24, people living in the Southern United States, and transgender women.

Brooks noted the particularly high burden of HIV among black transgender women and black gay and bisexual men, especially among young men. Read More