Planned Strategies

Ending The HIV Epidemic

The plan, based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ plan Ending the HIV Epidemic, provides a pathway for improved health of individuals living in Prince George’s County who are infected or affected by HIV by developing a comprehensive integrated system of care and support, which will also require addressing stigma, housing, poverty and other social determinants of health.

GOALS

  • Reduce new HIV infections by 75% in five years and 90% in 10 years
  • Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people with HIV. Increase the percentage of persons with diagnosed HIV infection who receive HIV care.
  • Reduce disparities and inequities (primarily among young Black MSM)
  • Achieve a more coordinated local response to HIV/AIDS. Ensure that the local Ob/GYN, primary care, and infectious disease and other providers make HIV testing routine.
  • Create, expand and enhance effective community organizations and institutions to provide HIV/STI and support services. example: housing, stigma, poverty, and unemployment.
  • Build and expand programs for PrEP and behavioral health services throughout Prince George’s County.  
  • Build workforce capacity (providers, community health workers, consumers)

STRATEGIES

Diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible after infection.

Treat the infection rapidly and effectively to achieve sustained viral suppression.

Prevent people at risk from getting HIV using proven prevention tools, including PrEP, a medication that can prevent HIV infections.

Respond rapidly to detect and respond to growing HIV clusters and prevent new HIV infections.

  1. DIAGNOSE
  2. TREAT
  3. PREVENT
  4. RESPOND

Diagnose

Prince George’s County will continue to make HIV testing services available to the public in a variety of venues. Many individuals at the highest risk for being HIV-positive and unaware of their status are unlikely to be engaged in the health care system and may not be reached by routine HIV testing in clinical settings. For these individuals, we will:

  • enhance our targeted community-based HIV testing strategy to reach clients and ensure the delivery of test results;
  • continue to support routine HIV screening and targeted testing in high prevalence health care and non-health care settings

    The county will develop and fund more grassroots community organizations’ capacity to address HIV and provide testing in field settings. Additionally, the county will conduct and support health communication, public information, and social marketing activities to increase knowledge of the importance of HIV testing and awareness of the availability of HIV testing, care, and treatment services.