APHA rolled out its newest public health infographic today to amplify a continuing drumbeat around public health’s major contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Created by APHA to coincide with its Public Health Action Campaign, it also aims to help apply pressure on Congress to support HIV/AIDS program funding amid a tight budget environment that could jeopardize past progress.
The infographic recognizes some of the most significant achievements over the past few years in management and prevention of the disease. In 2012, the Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program served more than 242,073 individuals —
providing access to lifesaving treatment. Prevention efforts have helped avoid 350,000 new HIV infections and saved $125 billion in medical costs over the past 15 years.
Yet, as the infographic illustrates, as a nation we could stand to lose those advances if budget cuts from sequestration aren’t recovered or future cuts prevented. HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau lost $144 million in 2013. This funding will be on the chopping block year after year if sequestration continues.
“We must continue to fund public health programs to continue our progress,” reads the infographic.
APHA encourages its members, Affiliates and advocates to share the new infographic with others, particularly those who are planning to meet with their members of Congress during the Fourth of July holiday recess.