Two years ago this month, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling HIV/AIDS in America by launching a plan focused on reducing the number of new HIV infections, improving care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
Since its launch, stakeholders from all areas of government have been working with partners across the country to achieve the strategy’s simple vision:
“The United States will become a place where new 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.”
In addition to launching this strategy, the President has prioritized investments in HIV prevention, care, and research, exemplified by the increase in funding for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs by more than $100 million since he took office. The Obama administration also eliminated the HIV entry ban, launched the “Testing Makes Us Stronger” initiative to increase prevention awareness, and fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, which helps extend access to effective treatment for Americans living with HIV.
Brian Bond, former Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Obama and an American living with HIV, said of the Obama administration’s commitment to this issue:
“I am so proud of all that we have accomplished together over the past three and a half years. There is more work to be done, and I have seen firsthand that our President and his whole administration are committed to this task.”
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