Thirty-five years into the HIV epidemic, we’ve made substantial, if uneven progress toward reaching a goal of zero new infections. A look into the numbers, however, reveals the extent of the disparities across racial groups. While diagnoses are decreasing among white gay men, they have increased – dramatically, in some cases – among nearly every other affected group. Eliminating these gaps and further reducing the nearly 39,000 new HIV diagnoses each year will require a rededicated and sustained focus across society – from the CDC to health departments, from health systems to community organizations, and from advocacy groups to individuals.
Thrive Health Connection, like many community-based and AIDS service organizations across the U.S., is navigating a landscape in which funding for healthcare and HIV services continues to shift in ways that have far reaching implications for people living with HIV/AIDS and how organizations deliver the services they’ve come to trust over time. That’s why Thrive Health Connection programs and services are designed to support the goals set forth in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As the Strategy makes clear, ending the HIV epidemic requires fresh thinking, more efficient use of resources, more highly coordinated partnerships, and an engaged community. And for its part, Thrive Health Connection has advanced on multiple fronts to ensure that people affected by HIV will have unfettered access to quality prevention, case management, behavioral health and primary care services. Following the introduction of mail-order pharmacy services, and a Linkage to Care Program, and new Mental Health position, we are now making preparations for the next generation of program and service enhancements. Stay tuned.