World AIDS Day 2022
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.”
It encourages people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care.
December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, and IPHCA wants to remind everyone about the importance of getting tested. One of Community Health Centers ongoing missions is to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together (Together) campaign is the national campaign of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.(EHE) initiative and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Together is an evidence-based campaign created in English and Spanish. It aims to empower communities, partners, and health care providers to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.
The inequalities which perpetuate the AIDS pandemic are not inevitable; we can tackle them. This World AIDS Day, 1 December, UNAIDS is urging each of us to address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS.
The “Equalize” slogan is a call to action. It is a prompt for all of us to work for the proven practical actions needed to address inequalities and help end AIDS. These include:
- Increase availability, quality and suitability of services, for HIV treatment, testing and prevention, so that everyone is well-served.
- Reform laws, policies and practices to tackle the stigma and exclusion faced by people living with HIV and by key and marginalised populations, so that everyone is shown respect and is welcomed.
- Ensure the sharing of technology to enable equal access to the best HIV science, between communities and between the Global South and North.
- Communities will be able to make use of and adapt the “Equalize” message to highlight the particular inequalities they face and to press for the actions needed to address them.
HHS announces innovative approaches to expand care for people with HIV
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today, highlighted a series of innovative new approaches to expand care and treatment for people with HIV supported by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in fiscal year 2022. Over the past year, HRSA awarded approximately $2.3 billion dollars to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations to provide life-saving care, treatment, and support services for over half a million people with HIV in the United States.