O'Neill Institute  |  May 17, 2021

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As we mark the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the first cases of HIV this June, the United States should celebrate progress on HIV while addressing the challenges that remain. We must acknowledge and seize the opportunity presented by recent efforts to end the domestic HIV epidemic by 2030. The following key actions are needed in 2021 to move the United States toward accomplishing the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative: (1) Refine the roadmap to ending HIV by updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and bolstering the EHE Initiative; (2) Protect HIV civil and human rights, including by restricting law enforcement access to public health data and modernizing HIV criminal laws; (3) Strengthen HIV health care systems by expanding Medicaid in all states, improving HIV prevention and care for Medicaid beneficiaries, and responding to the neglected needs of people aging with HIV; and (4) Build stronger and more resilient communities, including by supporting the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Program and addressing housing affordability.

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