Institute of Medicine releases report on status of HIV care in the U.S.

The report identifies indicators and data systems that should be used to measure HIV care and access to support services as well as the effect of the health care reform law.

The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine released Monitoring HIV Care in the United States: Indicators and Data Systems on March 15 in order to gauge the effect of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy’s strategy and law on HIV care. The Affordable Care Act is expected to increase access to clinical care for those with HIV, including greater access to mental health and treatment for substance use disorders.

The report moves “us further toward achieving the streamlining and standardization across data collection measures stipulated in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and fulfilling the Strategy’s vision to provide unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination,” Gregorio Millett, MPH, CDC/HHS liaison to the Office of National AIDS Policy, said in an blog post.

APA’s Council of Representatives adopted APA’s own Resolution on Combination Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches to Optimize HIV Prevention on Feb. 25. A conversation hour at this year’s annual convention will focus on the resolution and related topics.

In addition, Dr. Gwendolyn Keita, executive director of APA's Public Interest Directorate, attended a White House meeting in mid-March on the intersection of violence and HIV among women and girls.

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