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STI Federal Action Plan Overview

The alarmingly high rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. is a threat to the health of all Americans. To address this public health concern, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health through its Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy is working with federal partners throughout HHS and other federal agencies, to create the nation’s first federal action plan on STIs.

Development Process

The development process for the action plan is a collaborative effort and includes input from subject matter experts; nonfederal partners and stakeholders, including health care providers and systems; state, tribal and local health departments; professional organizations; community-based organizations; researchers; advocates; and persons whose lives have been affected by these infections.

The plan will develop actionable strategies to increase access to STI-related health services, remove barriers to care and treatment for populations most affected by STIs and improve monitoring and evaluation methods.

The proposed release for the STI Federal Action Plan is 2020.

Vision and Goals

The vision and goals for the STI Federal Action Plan were announced in November 2019.

Vision: The United States will be a place where sexually transmitted infections are prevented and where every person has high quality STI prevention, care and treatment, and lives free from stigma and discrimination.

This vision includes all people, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance.


  1. Prevent new STIs
  2. Improve the health of people by reducing adverse outcomes of STIs
  3. Reduce STI-related health disparities
  4. Achieve integrated, coordinated efforts that address the STI epidemics across federal programs
Content created by Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP)
Content last reviewed on November 20, 2019