HIV Elimination Plan
According to the state Enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System, Arkansas had 291 new cases of HIV in 2017, ranking it 20th in the nation.
More than 61,000 HIV tests were administered, but overall, 15 percent of HIV-positive people still don’t know they have the disease, which translates to roughly 900 individuals. In addition, Arkansas is one of the seven states where the incidence of HIV in rural areas is the highest.
With the CDC vowing to reduce new HIV infections by 90 percent within 10 years, Arkansas established the first HIV Elimination Workgroup in July 2018. The workgroup will convene representatives from the medical, public health, public policy, governmental, faith-based and grassroots communities to work toward achieving health equity and eliminating HIV in the state. Its first priority is to develop an individualized plan for the state utilizing established relationships with policy stakeholders, consumers, and providers.
Each agency will be tasked with identifying barriers and gaps in resources within those areas of the state specifically served by their agencies. With your agency represented on the workgroup, Arkansas has the capability of being among one of the first states to eliminate new HIV infections.
For more information about how you can join the HIV Elimination Task Force, contact the Infectious Disease Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health at 501-661-2408 or email us.