Today in the United States, there is clear progress and great promise in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Extraordinary advances in treatment and biomedical prevention fuel our optimism and animate our collective response. Yet an estimated 37,600 new HIV infections occur annually; only 49% of people living with HIV are virally suppressed; and progress remains uneven, varying widely by geography, gender identity, race, class, and ethnicity. Significant structural barriers, such as unstable housing, poverty, transportation challenges, and persistent, pervasive stigma continue to challenge people living with HIV and the medical and support service providers, systems, public health professionals, and policymakers who are allies in the fight to end HIV.
A major challenge for public health professionals working in HIV/AIDS is that the politics and history that surround the virus are rooted in controversy, and the behaviors that allow for its transmission are publicly sensitive. AIR works closely with federal health agencies, key stakeholders, and communities to confront this and other challenges and help change the course of the epidemic.