End AIDS Washington is a collaboration of community-based organizations (including PCAF), government agencies and educational and research institutions working together to reduce new infections in Washington by 50% over the next five years.
Over the past year, people across Washington State have completed surveys and participated in town halls and community conversations to make recommendations about how to end AIDS. These recommendations have been put into a report and appendices by the state’s HIV Planning Steering Group that was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015.
A few of the recommendations include:
• Identify, address and reduce the stigma experienced by people living with HIV (PLWH) and individuals at risk for HIV.
• Implement routine, standardized HIV screening for all Washington residents.
• Increase access to PrEP, an important HIV prevention tool.
• Create a healthcare system that meets the needs of sexual minorities.
• Remove barriers in insurance coverage and increase healthcare affordability for PLWH and individuals at risk for HIV.
• Increase access to safe, stable and affordable housing for people living with and at risk for HIV.
You are invited to read and respond to the report between now and January 15, 2016.
These are questions to consider as you review the recommendations:
• What are the strengths of the report?
• What are the weaknesses in the report – and what would you suggest to correct these weaknesses?
• What is missing?
• Who are the key partners for implementation of these recommendations?
• What partners have we missed?
• What are the best ways to engage you and your community in this end AIDS work?
• What should be the top three priority items implemented?
• How should we measure “increased quality of life” for people living with HIV?
Please submit your comments by January 15, 2016 via e-mail to End.AIDS@doh.wa.gov