For the last forty years, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a significant public health concern, disproportionately affecting persons from racial and ethnic minority groups, persons with substance use disorder, and the LGBTQ+ community.
There have been many advancements in public health and medicine’s campaign against HIV/AIDS, including efforts to reduce stigma, improving prevention through comprehensive education and the development of anti-retroviral medications, and in the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS, thus extending the life expectancy and quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS. However, there is still much to be done, particularly where HIV/AIDS intersects with other epidemics and public health concerns.
As a public health organization, ASTHO is committed to aiding the campaign to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As part of this work, ASTHO provides state public health input into the development of evidence-based HIV/AIDS policy in collaboration with partners at the community and national levels applying well-integrated, multidisciplinary research and analysis.
States Using Policy to Remove Barriers to HIV Testing
Recent legislation on HIV speaks to its prioritization and importance; themes include consent for HIV testing, site-specific processes for routine screening, increased access to testing.Read the Blog Post
Expanding Pharmacist-Prescribed HIV PrEP
PrEP is a powerful tool to reduce new HIV infections; expanding access to PrEP is a priority within the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative. One way to increase access to PrEP is by allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense it.View the Brief
Medicaid and Public Health Partnerships in Iowa: Improving Access to Care for People Living with HIV
Sarah Reisetter, chief of compliance and a deputy director at Iowa HHS, and Randy Mayer, chief of the Iowa HHS Bureau of HIV, STI, and Hepatitis, discuss Iowa’s recent efforts to fight against HIV.Read the Blog Post
HIV 101 & Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.
A self-paced introduction to the basics of HIV, from the biology of HIV to the current federal policies and programs in place to assist jurisdictions with their efforts to advance diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and response.Access the Lesson
Understanding the Updated Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines
Changes to the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines include a new guideline on obesity prevention for midlife women and updates to five existing guidelines.Read the Blog Post