Biden to release National HIV/AIDS Strategy details on World AIDS Day

Vice President Joe Biden will release the details of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Friday morning as part of World AIDS Day.

The new strategy will focus on the need for all sectors to work together.

“The new National HIV/AIDS Strategy gives the Administration the framework it needs to confront the HIV epidemic in every corner of our country – every face of the epidemic,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. “The strategy also codifies how the federal government will work with communities and other federal agencies to make sure no one remains undiagnosed or not treated in every region and every age bracket across our country.”

This year, World AIDS Day is being celebrated on Dec. 1.

The action plan, a blueprint for reducing the number of people who are infected and getting the infected into treatment, also addresses how to keep these infected persons out of prison.

“We still have a lot of work to do before we can call this epidemic over,” Biden said. “I know these new steps will have a profound impact on the lives of so many of our fellow Americans who are living with HIV, and the ripple effects from their success can last well beyond life-long treatment.”

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a statement that a long-term strategy is critical for the prevention and treatment of HIV.

“Recent research shows that stigma and discrimination are major barriers to getting patients tested and treated,” Frieden said. “This plan aims to end the HIV epidemic for good, but we can’t wait a decade to begin the next steps toward this end.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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