Analysis offers insights on how to execute National HIV-AIDS strategy

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The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), in a partnership with the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Law at Georgetown Law School, released a report on Thursday recommending how individual U.S. states can help the nation execute the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

There have been significant achievements made within the domestic HIV/AIDS response thanks to heightened coordination and realignment of health efforts on the federal level.

However, this alignment and coordination must be implemented consistently at the state level for significant changes to be seen. The purpose of the report was to identify what must be done to achieve the National HIV/AIDS Strategy goals within the U.S.

"The burden of HIV, and the response to it, varies across states due to a number of social, political and economic factors," Jeffrey Crowley, program director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative and a lead author of the report, said. "But we have found that if states focus on a handful of priority action steps and implement them successfully, they can begin to close critical gaps and dramatically accelerate progress toward ending their HIV epidemics."

"The report tells us that many states have made incredible progress in effectively implementing the nation's HIV goals," Brian Honermann, senior policy adviser of amfAR and co-author of the report, said. "As we look to implement the next five years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we hope that state officials and community stakeholders see this as a useful tool to help strengthen their HIV programs and make further progress toward ending the AIDS epidemic in America."

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