HIV Prevention in the United States: Mobilizing to End the Epidemic

HIV Prevention in the United States: Mobilizing to End the Epidemic

This resource provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in the United States, CDC’s vision for HIV prevention, and how the agency is working to mobilize efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

Message from the Director

Demetre Daskalakis

Today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to end America’s HIV epidemic, but many people still aren’t getting the prevention and care they need to stay healthy. As the nation’s leading HIV prevention agency, CDC is committed to working with partners and communities across the country to reach our shared goal of reducing new HIV infections by 90% by 2030. Yet progress in HIV prevention has slowed in the face of new and continuing threats, including the nation’s opioid crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and enduring gaps in access to healthcare.

Now is the time for bolder, more collaborative action.

While an effective national strategy and federal resources are central to ending the epidemic, HIV prevention ultimately happens at the community level. Success will require continued commitment by, and partnerships among, state and local governments, health officials, community organizations, healthcare providers, people with HIV, and others who could benefit from HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.

By centering health equity in a status-neutral approach to care that optimizes the health of people with HIV and closes the gaps in HIV prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment in all parts of the United States, together, we can end this epidemic.

Read the full Dear Colleague Letter.

/Demetre Daskalakis/

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH
Division of HIV Prevention
National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention