On the two-year anniversary o the release o the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (the Strategy), the rstever comprehensive strategy or combatting the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic, we are seeing considerableprogress in meeting the our goals outlined in this landmark document:
reducing new HIV inections,
improving health outcomes or people living with HIV,
reducing HIV-related health disparities, and
achieving a more coordinated national response.Arguably, more has taken place to meaningully address domestic HIV in the past two years than atany other time during our more than 30-year battle with this disease. On the Federal level, the Strategyhas brought laser-like ocus to our eorts, allowing us to more eectively work together to achieve theStrategy’s goals. Much progress has been made towards creating a sustainable response to the epidemic,including realigning HIV prevention resources, increasing emphasis on evidence-based interventions,scaling up eorts to address stigma and discrimination, and building new partnerships across govern-ment and communities.We have also made tremendous progress in our understanding o how to prevent and treat HIV. Translating these advances into eective practices that improve and save lives is the priority o theStrategy. The Strategy emphasizes scaling up eective, evidence-based, sustainable interventions,while also providing localities the exibility to meet the distinct needs o their communities. Successulinterventions oten involve multiple key players working in a coordinated ashion and aligned withStrategy goals. The purpose o this report is to provide an overview o the progress made on the implementation o the Strategy and an update on relevant new activities taking place at the Federal level. Whether in newor existing initiatives, all actions are subject to the annual budget process, which requires balancingpriorities within available resources.Ongoing implementation includes making wise investments in our HIV prevention and care eorts.President Obama’s FY 2013 Budget proposed more than $22 billion or domestic HIV-specic programs,including $1 billion or AIDS drug assistance programs. This level o unding, which has been increasedeach year despite economically challenging times, reinorces the Federal commitment to addressing theHIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Given the varying levels o local and State unding, every eortmust be made to ensure that every dollar o HIV unding is used most eectively to save more lives andprevent new inections. In most places in the United States, this means directing resources to populationswhere HIV is most concentrated, such as among men who have sex with men and communities o color.