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Maryland Quarterly HIV Planning Group (HPG) Meeting

December 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

The 2021 theme for World AIDS Day is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.” We are fully aware that forward movement regarding HIV in our state and across the nation requires a whole-of-society effort. In addition to the coordination across federal and state agencies, Maryland’s success depends on dedicated partners from all sectors of society working together, including people with HIV or at risk for HIV; local health departments and partnering government agencies; local clinics and healthcare facilities; healthcare providers; providers of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder; professional associations; advocates; community- and faith-based organizations; and academic and research institutions, and other vested stakeholders. Engagement of community in developing and implementing a multi-year integrated prevention and health services plan at every step – planning, design, and delivery – is vital to our statewide success.

The Maryland HIV Planning Group (HPG) is dedicated to promoting community participation and involvement in HIV prevention and care services and activities, reducing the duplication of services and improving the coordination of service implementation by strengthening local and statewide partnerships to address the management of HIV across the state. With community engagement as a leading priority, we maintain an open invitation to passionate partners across the spectrum of investment.

HIV planning is a process through which people from different walks of life, interests, responsibilities, and involvement in HIV come together as a group to inform and support an integrated response. HIV planning involves community input to develop specific strategies to enhance coordinated, collaborative, and seamless access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services (including mental health, substance abuse, and coinfections of viral hepatitis and STDs) for vulnerable populations. HIV planning is based on the belief that local planning is the best way to respond to local HIV prevention needs and priorities. We are seeking equitable access by valuing everyone’s voice.

Maryland’s 4th quarterly HPG meeting for 2021 will feature presentations and discussion around needed research for plan development and measurement design coupled with an overview of newly developed recommendations for a statewide response to address the issues of HOUSING and PrEP. Please join us.

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Quick Maryland Statistics

  1. There were 724 people aged 13+ diagnosed with HIV infection in Maryland during 2020.
  2. At year-end 2020, there were 31,676 people aged 13+ living with diagnosed HIV in Maryland.
  3. Among people living with HIV in Maryland in 2019, it is estimated that 89.9% have been diagnosed, while an estimated 3,559 people with HIV in Maryland remain undiagnosed.
  4. At year-end 2019, 1.2 million (1,189,700) persons in the United States aged 13+ were living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection.
  5. Maryland was ranked 8th among states and territories in adult/adolescent HIV diagnosis rates (per 100,000) in 2019.

Applications for membership to the Maryland HPG are accepted year-round. For more information, email


December 2, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
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