By Julian Pecquet - 07/08/10 09:06 PM EDT
The White House will unveil a national strategy on HIV and AIDS on Tuesday.
This is the first time the federal government will have a comprehensive plan to tackle the epidemic. AIDS advocates have long pushed for such a strategy to be adopted, pointing out that the U.S. requires government accountability from other countries who are recipients of U.S. AIDS help.
The plan will have a three-point focus:
1) reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV;
2) increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV;
3) and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
The plan, according to the White House, "will serve as a roadmap for policymakers, partners in prevention, and the public on steps the United States must take to lower HIV incidence, get people living with HIV into care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities."
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Office of National AIDS Policy Director Jeffrey Crowley and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh will unveil the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and discuss its goals and details.