Many community leaders across the United States are calling for an end to the HIV epidemic in their cities, their counties, and their states through the development of Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) plans. We now have the tools to effectively do just that — by creating bold, ambitious plans to improve health outcomes for all people living with and vulnerable to HIV, reducing its impact and bringing new infections below epidemic levels. The cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, alongside Women With A Vision and the Louisiana Department of Public Health, are excited to be spearheading the EHE work in Louisiana.
This as an opportunity to do something different! We have stepped out of the box and created something bold and innovative. We want everyone to start talking more about HIV, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis C, and sexual health. We want to break down the stigma and misconceptions that surround HIV, hepatitis C and STIs. We want to lift up the voices of those who are living with and impacted by HIV — and make sure they are the ones leading the way forward.