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Welcome to the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy

The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), advises the Assistant Secretary for Health and senior  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials on: the appropriate and timely implementation and development of policies, programs, and activities related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, other infectious diseases of public health significance, and blood safety and availability.

OHAIDP develops and supports initiatives to promote HHS policies, programs, and resources, including:

  • Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy working to achieve a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic by reducing HIV transmission, increasing access to HIV care and improving health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities.
  • Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) targeting  resources appropriated by Congress to support HIV prevention, care and treatment, outreach and education, capacity building, and technical assistance activities for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States who are at high-risk for, or living with, HIV/AIDS.
  • works to increase HIV testing and enhance care among people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV, by using emerging communication strategies to provide access to information on various aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, including the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
  • Implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis supporting the ongoing implementation of the action plan by  identifying opportunities for enhanced interagency collaboration, leveraging existing resources, and strengthening partnerships inside and outside of government.
  • Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and to the President regarding programs, policies, and research priorities intended to promote effective prevention, care, and treatment of HIV disease.
  • Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability (ACBTSA) — provides advice to the Secretary and to the Assistant Secretary for Health regarding the safety and availability of the blood and blood products, transfusion and transplantation safety, and product cost and supply.

Content last reviewed on June 9, 2008