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Addressing Disparities, Promoting Health Equity and Ending HIV/AIDS

April 27, 2012
by Jeff Levi
Huffington Post

 

Addressing Disparities, Promoting Health Equity and Ending HIV/AIDS

 

While we have made incredible strides in addressing HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years, the disease remains devastatingly prevalent in America, especially among gay and bisexual men. This population accounts for 57 percent of new HIV infections and a gay man who is 18 years old faces a two in five chance of becoming infected with HIV by the time he is 40, as noted by a Trust for America's Health (TFAH) issue brief. In 2009, the estimated rates of new HIV infections among Black men and Latino men were 6.5 times and 2.5 times as high, respectively, as that of their white counterparts. Disparities are most severe among young Black gay and bisexual men.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) provides a roadmap for national efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The primary goals of the NHAS are to reduce HIV incidence, increase access to care, optimize health outcomes and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The NHAS describes priority areas in need of interventions, outlines steps for a coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic and identifies measurable outcomes. This strategy reinforces the importance of focusing efforts on those at greatest risk, and is paramount in addressing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities.

 

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