Yesterday the Obama Administration released it’s National HIV/AIDS strategy.
The vision statement for the plan:
The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.
The plan sets some big goals, like a 25% decrease in new infections by 2015.
While LGBT groups are applauding the roll out of this, the first national strategy to address the AIDS epidemic, they’re also saying it isn’t enough. From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
“This plan offers much-needed relief by focusing on high-risk communities, directing money to states with the highest need based on reported cases of HIV/AIDS, and by recognizing the unique needs of affected populations. The administration has taken a historic step today in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, the plan doesn’t yet go far enough in ending new infections and helping those already coping with the disease to manage it. The government must make available the necessary resources and life-saving medicines for those in need. Adequate attention to and funding for implementation as well as aggressive timetables are essential to the success of this plan. This ongoing national tragedy requires an immediate, potent and cohesive federal response that is appropriately funded.”
You can read the whole plan here.