Strategies to End the HIV Epidemic
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative in 2019. Prince George’s County and other priority jurisdictions around the United States, are working to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90% by 2030 by scaling up key HIV prevention and treatment strategies.
Prince George’s County Health Department mobilized epidemiologists, HIV prevention programs, HIV care and treatment program, those infected and affected by HIV, providers of health and social services, judicial system, residents and other county representatives to create the Integrated Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan.
The efforts focus on four key strategies that together can end the HIV epidemic in Prince George's County: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, Respond.
- Diagnose – Expand HIV testing so individuals are aware of their HIV status; identify persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and link them to healthcare.
- Treat – Ensure individuals with HIV receive treatment to stay healthy and prevent transmission to others; retain persons diagnosed with HIV in health care; and increase viral suppression.
- Prevent – Improve access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent new infections, particularly for persons to remain HIV negative, as well as other prevention interventions such as condoms and harm reduction.
- Respond – Identify geographic clusters and respond immediately to reduce further HIV transmissions.
View the plan Summary below.