We now have evidence-based tools for HIV treatment and prevention that are so effective that they could conceivably end the most deadly transmittable disease epidemic in modern history. Many community leaders across the United States are calling for just that: an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their cities, their counties, and their states. In many ways, this is a paradigm shift – rather than asking for unambitious, incremental progress in reducing new transmissions and increasing viral suppression rates, communities of activists, service providers, health departments, elected officials, people living with HIV, and other stakeholders are doing the work to create ambitious and bold plans to improve the health outcomes of all people living with and vulnerable to the virus and to drive HIV/AIDS below epidemic levels.
2005: Housing Works coordinated a network of grassroots HIV advocates committed to the end of the domestic HIV epidemic, known as the Campaign to End AIDS.
2005-2012: Over the next seven years, the Campaign to End AIDS would inspire Ending the Epidemic initiatives across the country.
2012: AIDS Activists from all over the globe organized the "We Can End AIDS March on Washington, DC". The march was held during the International AIDS Conference and brought over 10,000 people into the streets to demand that the Obama Administration declare that United States now has the resources and science to achieve an end to the HIV epidemic.
2014: As the Campaign to End AIDS saw a natural decline in engagement emerging partnerships between TAG, Housing Works, and state public health officials in NY, WA, and SF were formed. Together this group offered technical assistance to jurisdictions across the country interested in starting their own Ending the Epidemic plans and raised visibility to issues impacting the wellbeing of the HIV community.
Finally, in 2016: At the USCA in Hollywood, Florida the official launch of the ACT NOW: END AIDS Coalition was announced with membership representation from 19 different organizations.
Today , ANEA is a national coalition of key stakeholders from statewide and community jurisdictions pursuing their own Ending the Epidemic plans.
Community leadership is at the heart of all successful Ending the Epidemic plans. ANEA focuses on the needs and leadership of community members most impacted by HIV.
In this spirit of community investment, the ACT NOW: END AIDS (ANEA) coalition welcomed its very first small grants cohort in 2020, funded by member organizations and ViiV Healthcare.
“Meaningful community engagement means defining who the community at need is and what we can do to support”
-Bamby Salcedo, President/CEO The TransLatina@ Coalition.
ANEA’s diverse selection committee, comprised entirely of coalition members, guided the granting process, working diligently to identify the programs best positioned within their communities to ensure that those most affected by and living with HIV are leading local EHE efforts. In the end, 25 strong applications advanced for final funding consideration. While we were unable to fund all of the creative programs reviewed, ANEA is excited to work with the five outstanding community organizations selected and will continue to pursue funding to support more grants in the near future.
Treatment Action Group
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
New York AIDS Institute
Black AIDS Institute
30 for 30
Latino Commission on AIDS
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Southern AIDS Coalition
AIDS Free Pittsburgh
Getting to Zero Massachusetts
END AIDS Dallas
Legacy Community Health
EtE: “Ending the Epidemic” is the framework ANEA uses to describe independent community-led initiatives. In November of 2018, more than 250 global, national, regional, state, and local organizations called on the federal government to end the HIV epidemic by 2025 in a policy paper. The document, titled Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: A Roadmap for Federal Action demands that the federal government enact legislative and regulatory changes to achieve this goal. Read the entire 134-page Roadmap and for more information on the jurisdictions implementing community-led EtE plans click here.
EHE: Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America refers to jurisdictions and initiatives named under the US federal plan announced in February of 2019. EHE aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. In the State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump announced his administration’s goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. EHE is the operational plan developed by agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pursue that goal. For more information on the federal plan click here.