We can all be leaders. We can take more responsibility to do more as individuals, as communities, and as a nation to fight HIV and AIDS.
- We should know whether or not we are infected with HIV;
- If we are infected, we should seek medical care and protect others from becoming infected;
- We should protect ourselves and others from HIV;
- We should educate ourselves and others about HIV.
- We should mobilize to overcome the challenges and barriers to HIV prevention;
- We should fight ignorance and complacency related to HIV;
- We should increase the awareness about the severity of epidemic and the continued impact that HIV is having on our communities;
- We should make sure that HIV prevention services, HIV testing, medical care and treatment are available to all who need them;
- We should work to prevent stigma and discrimination—and to increase support for people living with HIV.
As a nation:
- We must recognize the epidemic here, in this country, for the crisis that it still is;
- We must implement the programs that scientific evidence tells us are most effective;
- We must ensure that those who need effective prevention interventions have access to them;
- We must come together to intensify efforts and the stop this epidemic.
Together, we have the power to change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States.
How you can help stop the spread of HIV
Visit the Resources section and use the Web tools to help spread the word about HIV/AIDS in the United States. Let everyone know that, in the United States, every 9½ minutes (on average), someone is infected with HIV.