In June 2017, the O’Neill Institute established an HIV Prevention Project to understand what is working in HIV prevention, identify issues and opportunities for progress, and describe future directions for HIV prevention. The goal of the project is to engage with federal, state, and local policy and program staff, people living with HIV, researchers and others to explore these issues and describe a vision for future progress. This project is supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences.
Released in April 2019, this Quick Take document provides an overview of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) crisis in the United States. The number of STIs is rising: From 2013-2017, syphilis increased 80%, gonorrhea increased 67%, and chlamydia increased 22%. The document describes the disproportionate burden of STIs for different populations and by geography. It also discusses the importance of sexual health and the need for increased investment and innovation in STI prevention, care, and treatment.
In March 2019, the O’Neill Institute released the policy brief, Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission. This policy brief explores the health and social factors that contribute to HIV risks among Latinx gay and bisexual men. One in five new HIV diagnoses in 2017 in the United States were among Latinx gay and bisexual men. While HIV rates are stable, or falling in other groups, they rose by 12% among these men from 2012-2016. Developed in partnership with Bienestar Human Services, this brief highlights strategic actions that policy makers and others can take to ensure that Latinx gay and bisexual men are benefitting from the exciting advances in HIV prevention and care.
Released in January 2019, this Quick Take document provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in the United States and describes the range of tools and approaches used to prevent HIV infection, including HIV testing and linkage to care, treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and syringe and harm reduction services. The document also discusses the need for continued support for and new investment in HIV prevention.
At a time when many policy makers are asking fundamental questions about the impact of public investments on various programs, this issue brief examines the dynamic nature of the HIV epidemic in the United States to assess what our country has accomplished, where things stand, and where continued federal leadership and funding are needed to keep reducing the size and scope of the HIV epidemic.
HIV Prevention in the United States: Federal Investments are Saving Lives and Strengthening Communities
Jeffrey S. Crowley and Sean E. Bland (March 2018)
Thematic Area: Infectious Diseases