Infectious Diseases focuses on legal, regulatory, and policy responses to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. This area includes the development and implementation of legal preparedness instruments.
The vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, released by the Obama Administration in July 2010, states:
“The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”
The United States continues to face a very serious HIV epidemic, with 1.1 million Americans living with HIV and roughly 50,000 people becoming newly infected each year. Sustained efforts have been made over the past thirty plus years to fight HIV at home and around the world, and major progress has been made. Now is a unique moment of opportunity for better supporting all people living with HIV in this country and improving their engagement in care and health outcomes. In turn, by extending treatment and strengthening support for communities heavily impacted by HIV, we can reduce the number of people who become infected with HIV each year and reduce both the disparities in infection rates and health outcomes across populations.
The O'Neill Institute believes that, through legal and policy analysis and engagement with policymakers and stakeholders, we can help achieve the vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.