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Desert AIDS Project and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy


If you haven't read the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy, this presentation will give you a quick overview of the main goals and how Desert AIDS Project epitomizes it locally.

If you haven't read the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy, this presentation will give you a quick overview of the main goals and how Desert AIDS Project epitomizes it locally.

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  • Jeff Crowley reiterated the fact that the NHAS did not want to set goals that were too ambitious. The NHAS is thus reflective of what the administration believes can be accomplished realistically.
  • Newly diagnosed – within three months of their HIV diagnosisContinuous care – at least 2 visit for routine HIV medical care in 12 months at least 3 months apart


  • 1. National HIV/AIDS Strategy Overview
  • 2. “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rareand when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will haveunfettered accessto high quality, life-extending care, free from stigmaand discrimination.”
    Vision for HIV/AIDS Strategy
  • 3. Main Goals
    Reduce HIV rate
    Increase access to care for people living with HIV and improve their health outcomes
    Reduce HIV-related health inequalities
    To accomplish these goals we need to
    • Have a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic
  • What’s the plan to reduce HIV infections?
    Key Steps - Nationally
    Increase prevention in communities where HIV is most heavily concentrated
    Increase efforts to prevent infection by using approaches that actually work based on evidence
    Educate all Americans about HIV and how to prevent it
  • 4. How many new HIV infections can we reduce?
    Anticipated Results – Nationally
    By 2015:
    Lower number of new infections by 25%
    Reduce HIV transmission rate by 30%
    Increase percentage of people living with HIV who know their status from 79% to 90%
  • 5. Reduce HIV infections
    • The Coachella Valley has a high concentration of HIV – up to 4 times more than the national average.
    • 6. Our community needs to effectively use limited resources to address the problem
    • 7. This includes holding ourselves to higher standards and making us more accountable
    • 8. Even though Desert AIDS Project lost funding for the Education Department from last year’s budget cuts, we must continue to spread our messages both in person and online
  • How will people living with HIV get the care they need?
    Key Steps- Nationally
    If someone tests HIV positive, make it as easy as possible for them to get linked to a care provider
    Increase the number & diversity of care providers and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS
    Support people living with HIV and other diseases and assist those with basic needs, like housing
  • 9. How many people living with HIV will get the care they need?
    Anticipated Results - Nationally
    • By 2015:
    • 10. Increase proportion of the newly diagnosed linked to care from 65% to 85%
    • 11. Increase proportion of Ryan White clients who are in continuous care from 73% to 80%
    • 12. Increase percentage of Ryan White clients with permanent housing from 82% to 86%
  • Increase Access to Care for People Living with HIV
    • Provide current and comprehensive information about local AIDS-related resources, including Desert AIDS Project and AAP
    • 13. Continue to support the services provided at Desert AIDS Project at our locations in Palm Springs and Indio
  • How will HIV-Related health outcomes be improved?
    Key Steps - Nationally
    Adopt community-level approaches to reduce HIV infection
    Reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV
    Reduce HIV-related mortality in communities at high risk for HIV infection
  • 14. By how much will HIV-Related health outcomes be improved?
    Anticipated Results -Nationally
    • By 2015:
    • 15. Increase the proportion of HIV diagnosed gay and bisexual men, Blacks,and Latinoswith undetectable viral load by 20%
  • Reduce HIV-Related Health Inequalities
    • Continue to promote Desert AIDS Project’s holistic model to care
    • 16. Engage the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities to affirm support for people living with HIV
    • 17. Promote public health approaches to HIV prevention and care
  • Main points
    The President’s plan has little new monies to fund efforts, so resources will be concentrated in areas and communities where HIV/AIDS hits the hardest
    Any funding that might become available will require evidence-backed approaches to make sure it’s the most bang for the buck
    Take a more comprehensive approach to care for people living with HIV and AIDS that includes housing, nutrition, mental health, ending stigma, and much more
    Acting Locally
    AIDS is not over
  • 18. For more information about the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, visit
    The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)
    which includes links to the 45-page National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as well as the Implementation Plan for government agencies.
  • 19. To see what we’re doing at Desert AIDS Project to address HIV/AIDS in our community and how you can help, visit our website at
    1695 N. Sunrise Way
    Palm Springs, CA 92262