90/90/90/50 Plan: Ending the HIV Epidemic in the District of Columbia by 2020
The Washington AIDS Partnership has a longstanding history of collaborating with local organizations and the D.C. government to fight HIV. Between 2005 and 2014, the Partnership worked with DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice to release report cards that evaluated the local response to the HIV epidemic and pushed for further action. The report cards contributed towards significant improvements in HIV prevention and care, but further efforts were needed to move towards ending the epidemic.
The Partnership had the idea to create a plan to end HIV, a collaborative effort that would develop goals around eliminating HIV in the District of Columbia. Over the course of many months, the Partnership worked with DC Appleseed; the D.C. Department of Health (DOH); HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA); and the Mayor’s office to create a comprehensive plan to end HIV in the District.
On December 1, 2016, the plan was released in collaboration with Mayor Muriel Bowser. The 90/90/90/50 Plan: Ending the HIV Epidemic in the District of Columbia by 2020 focuses on achieving the following targets by 2020:
- 90% of HIV-positive D.C. residents know their status
- 90% of D.C. residents diagnosed with HIV are in treatment
- 90% of D.C. residents diagnosed with HIV who are in treatment reach viral suppression, which means that HIV is undetectable
- 50% reduction in new HIV infections
In order to reach these targets, the plan outlines specific prevention and care strategies for the D.C. government to invest in, with an intersectional approach to combating the epidemic: incorporating topics like stable housing, youth development, reducing stigma, improving treatment, and so much more. This plan will serve as a model for other cities, and will be a guide for eliminating HIV in the District.
The Washington AIDS Partnership will work with DC Appleseed, DOH, HAHSTA, and the Mayor’s office to implement the actions steps of the plan, and to evaluate the progress of the plan.