News & Updates

EHE Newsletter

NASTAD, with collaboration from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), distributes a monthly newsletter to Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America Phase 1 jurisdictions. The newsletter will inform recipients of EHE related policy updates, communications from federal partners, success stories, and any other related EHE information. For questions, comments, or content contributions, please contact Mike Weir.

Archived EHE Newsletters

Please use the links below to view past issues of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Newsletters.

Updates

Resources: 
HIV Data Protection Landscape for EHE Jurisdictions

NASTAD released a new resource assessing HIV Data Protection Landscape for EHE Jurisdictions. This interactive map summarizes state-level legal authorities and protections related to health department HIV surveillance data release in response to requests from courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies. The tool helps health department HIV program staff and legal counsel assess data privacy laws in their state and supports health departments in responding appropriately to requests for HIV data in connection with legal and law enforcement matters. NASTAD has also released a Research Protocol explaining the project scope and methodology.

Specifically, this map identifies: 

  • Whether your state has a law criminalizing exposure to or transmission of HIV. 
  • Whether your state’s laws permit release of health department HIV data for law enforcement and/or prosecution purposes, and under what circumstances. 
  • The types of health department data that can be released for law enforcement and/or prosecution purposes. 

This map is funded through CDC PS19-1906 Component A, and as such, currently reflects laws in priority jurisdictions included in Phase I of the federal “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Plan for America” (EHE) initiative, which aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030.  To visit the map, click here

Upcoming Webinars: 
The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual Health Services in the South: 

Hosted by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) on March 17th, 2021, 2-3 pm EDT. 
Although the entire country has been affected by COVID-19, the southern United States has especially felt its impact, with southern states currently making up about a third of new cases. Southern leaders in HIV prevention are working tirelessly to not only ensure that Ending the HIV Epidemic objectives are met, but also innovate new methods of delivering HIV prevention services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This webinar will discuss how southern jurisdictions are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on sexual health and HIV prevention tools such as PrEP/PEP. To register for the NCSD webinar, click here

Self-Testing Strategies for HIV Testing and PrEP Access:

Webinar 4: Examining Self-Testing: A Strategy to Improve Access to HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STI Testing

  • This session will focus on considerations jurisdictions should apply when implementing and tailoring HIV self-testing and PrEP programs. 
  • Date: TBD
Recently Released Webinars: 
Self-Testing Strategies for HIV Testing and PrEP Access:

Webinar 3: Integrating Self-Testing for PrEP with Providers and Partners

  • The third webinar in the series Self-Testing Strategies for PrEP and HIV was held on January 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET. This webinar, Integrating Self-Testing for PrEP with Providers and Partners, focused on various models currently in place within organizations by highlighting the overall model, outreach efforts, order fulfillment, and resources available to promote within communities.
  • Link to access recording, slides, and questions