Let’s Stop HIV Together Partner Newsletter: October 2019

Let's Stop HIV Together

It’s Official. Act Against AIDS is now Let’s Stop HIV Together

In 2009, we set out on an ambitious journey—to combat complacency about HIV and AIDS and promote HIV prevention. In collaboration with the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed and launched Act Against AIDS (AAA), an initiative to focus national attention on HIV and to reduce transmission.

Over the last 10 years, AAA has remained responsive to the changing HIV prevention landscape and the needs and preferences of audiences, through new campaigns like Doing It and Start Talking. Stop HIV. our evolution is continuing.

At the March 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference, we announced that the Act Against AIDS Campaign was becoming Let’s Stop HIV Together and then officially rolled out the campaign last month at the September 2019 United States Conference on AIDS.

Those familiar with AAA may recognize Let’s Stop HIV Together as the name of the campaign’s anti-stigma efforts. The new Let’s Stop HIV Together also emphasizes anti-stigma messages and resources. AAA’s name has changed, but its mission to prevent HIV by fighting stigma and promoting testing, prevention, and treatment is the same.

New Let’s Stop HIV Together Website

With the launch of the new name came a new website and Stop HIV Together Instagram account. When you visit the new website, you’ll find:

  • New branding, graphics, and updated content;
  • Resources by key topics (Stigma, Testing, Prevention, and Treatment and Care);
  • Dynamic filtering by name, language, topic, audience, or format;
  • Entry points to partnership information, HIV Nexus, a new clinician website, and an updated HIV Risk Reduction Tool.

We’ll regularly add new resources. Visit our new website and follow us on our new Instagram handle to stay connected.

Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, Respond: New Communication Tools and Resources to Help End HIV

With the rollout of Let’s Stop HIV Together, the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention bundled and promoted a group of new communication tools and resources that support the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS’) initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for Americaexternal iconCDC’s role in the initiative includes working closely with other HHS agencies, local and state governments, communities, and people with HIV to coordinate efforts to expand key HIV strategies.

Communities will focus on four key areas: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond when developing plans to address their own needs.

The following resources can assist communities in each of these four areas: 

Screen shot of the new Let's Stop HIV Together site

We will continue to work closely with communities, healthcare providers, and partners to equip them with tools, information, and resources to support their vital work to end the HIV epidemic in America.

News and Notes

Pride Season Recap

With the summer behind us, we’re winding down on our favorite time of year—Pride season! We always look forward to partnering with local HIV advocates, health departments, and community-based organizations to bring our national campaigns to Pride festivals across the country.

These vibrant displays of pride and diversity unite thousands of people from all walks of life to celebrate the LGBTQ community. In addition to hosting colorful parades, communities often have a variety of educational, social, and arts and cultural events. This year, we supported 13 Pride events across the country and we have one more left. Join us, and the featured campaign Start Talking. Stop HIV., at the Atlanta Pride Festivalexternal icon October 13.

All year long, you can use our free HIV educational materials to support your local events. Visit the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources page as an entry point to finding all of our campaign materials in many formats for your use.

2019 Pride Tour. Visit the Start Talking Stop HIV campaign at a Pride Festival near you.
The Social Media One-Stop Shop for HIV News

Earlier this year, we consolidated our social media presence to offer our followers and partners more streamlined CDC HIV information. We encourage you to like and follow CDC HIV on Facebook and @CDC_HIV on Twitter. Also, with our transition to Let’s Stop HIV Together, we’ve renamed our AAA Instagram account to @StopHIVTogether. Follow that handle for the latest campaign materials and communication.

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Newest Meme Series Highlights Viral Suppression

Let’s Stop HIV Together is releasing new resources to promote the benefits of getting HIV treatment and staying in care, including a new video on viral suppression and a new meme series. These resources feature messages about what it means to achieve viral suppression and have the virus be “undetectable.” Visit HIV Treatment as Prevention to find the video and download and share the new memes on your social media channels.

Being undetectable meme from the new meme series. #StopHIVSTigma. Being Undetectable means people with HIV can lead long, healthy lives.
Partners in Action

The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) builds high-impact partnerships with hundreds of CDC-funded and non-funded organizations and individuals across the country. It partners with businesses, state and local public health offices, national organizations, media, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based institutions working in communities most affected by HIV.

Coming soon, DHAP is showcasing the first set of these partnerships on the updated partner section of the website. You’ll find success stories and short videos highlighting how national organizations are using Let’s Stop HIV Together materials, leveraging CDC HIV messaging, and collaborating with local, community-based organizations and affiliates.

Join our mailing list to stay updated on our partner series and learn more about how your group can be featured. Subscribe by adding your e-mail address and then searching for Let’s Stop HIV Together.

Partner Spotlight

Picture of the Partnering and Communicating Together grantees at their annual meeting.

PACT members convene at CDC for the 2019 Annual Grantee Meeting

Every year since 2016, Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT) members have convened to share accomplishments, learn from one another, and talk through challenges affecting their communities. This year, the 15 PACT organizations met in Atlanta at CDC’s Tom Harkin Global Communications Center from June 4 to June 6.

At the first day of the meeting, the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) introduced the new federal initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and the rebranded CDC/DHAP campaign Let’s Stop HIV Together. In turn, PACT members shared stories about their work using the presentation style Pecha Kucha—in which presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each slide. The presentations ranged from deeply personal stories of why members started in civic and social justice work focusing on HIV to a call to break down the HIV stigma that grips so many people in silence and isolation.

On the second day, two panels of experts from Atlanta-based organizations shared their experiences offering HIV testing and care to help patients achieve viral suppression. The consensus of many lively conversations was that any effort in HIV prevention and awareness needs to consider the social determinants of health. HIV testing and care competes for patients’ attention if they are struggling to make ends meet and lack access to transportation, healthcare, and basic services. Many panelists highlighted how their nonprofit organizations commit to customer-first service.

On the final day, PACT members focused on the business of closing out the 5-year cooperative agreement, expected to end in the fall of 2020.