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.

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Ending the HIV Epidemic—40 Years of Progress

This blog entry covers the progress of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and our work to address it over the last four decades—such as the development of antiretrovirals like pre-exposure prophylaxis —as well as all of the work that remains to be done.

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Ending the HIV Epidemic Through Community Engagement

This blog covers the important role of communities and community engagement in the federal program Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE), and the way states have been utilizing their community partnerships.

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States Using Policy to Remove Barriers to HIV Testing

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Understanding the Updated Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines

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2022 Legislative Session Update: Part Two

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Remembering Paul Farmer: When Public Health Doesn’t Back Down

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ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Ending the HIV Epidemic

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Legislative Prospectus: HIV

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Proposed Vaccination Laws to Watch in the New Year

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State Legislative Activity Supports Federal Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Initiative

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