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Maryland Virtual Statewide HIV Planning Group Meeting
September 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
40 years since the first official reporting, in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), of five cases describing what later became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), HIV infection remains a major public health issue in the United States. 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.
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.
Maryland’s 3rd quarterly HPG meeting for 2021 will feature presentations on community priorities and program activities and include a facilitated discussion on aligning services and spending. Community members are encouraged to participate and share their insights, experiences and expectations. In preparation for this meeting there is a pre-meeting survey:
PRE-MEETING SURVEY FORM: Go to https://forms.gle/6aWKD5gqYcAWKMbB6 to share your thoughts about HIV prevention and care priorities in your community. We welcome your thoughts about either new or existing programs, services, and activities that support a status neutral approach to HIV prevention and care. Your input will help inform integrated HIV planning efforts across Maryland.
Quick Maryland HIV Statistics
• There were 931 people aged 13+ diagnosed with HIV infection in Maryland during 2019.
• At year-end 2019, there were 31,630 people aged 13+ living with diagnosed HIV in Maryland.
• At year-end 2018, 1,173,900 persons in the United States aged 13+ were living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection.
• Maryland was ranked 6th among states and territories in adult/adolescent HIV diagnosis rates (per 100,000) in 2018, tied with Mississippi.
• Among people living with HIV in Maryland in 2019, CDC estimated that 89.2% have been diagnosed, while an estimated 3,830 people with HIV in Maryland remain undiagnosed.
To apply for membership on the Maryland HPG, it is required to attend at least one meeting. Applications are accepted year-round.
For more information contact:
Carmi Washington Flood, MD HPG State Co-Chair at email@example.com