fOUNDING Organizations

DC has a plan to end the HIV epidemic.

Learn more about the organizations behind the plan and how they're working to end HIV in DC.

HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA)

HAHSTA’s mission is to improve health and wellness through innovation for people living with or at risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis (TB).

HAHSTA serves as the core District government agency conducting public health services such as: disease surveillance and epidemiology; partner services and disease investigation; a full range of prevention, care, treatment, and social services in partnership with community providers; and sexual health and TB clinical services through its DC Health and Wellness Center.

HAHSTA has strong partnerships with more than 40 health and community-based organizations to offer testing and counseling, prevention education and intervention, free condoms, medical support, free medication and insurance, housing, nutrition, personal care, and emergency services for residents of the District. HAHSTA has 300 additional partners that distribute condoms.

DC Appleseed

DC Appleseed

For over 20 years, through litigation and other methods, the DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice has helped make the District of Columbia a better place to live and work.

DC Appleseed has taken on some of the District’s toughest problems, developed proposed solutions to those problems, worked to get proposed solutions adopted and implemented, and then monitored the implementation to make sure it actually improves services to District residents, particularly low-income residents and people of color. DC Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that receives pro bono support from area law firms.

In 2005, DC Appleseed issued a seminal examination of the District’s inadequate response to the HIV epidemic. From 2006 to 2016, DC Appleseed evaluated the District’s progress through an annual report card. In 2016, DC Appleseed, the Washington AIDS Partnership, and HAHSTA discussed moving from the annual review to a plan to end the epidemic. DC Appleseed staff worked collaboratively with HAHSTA in planning community engagement and writing the initial plan. In 2017 and 2018, DC Appleseed issued progress reports on how HAHSTA was advancing the plan’s implementation. DC Appleseed staff will collaborate again with HAHSTA on revising the 90/90/90/50 Plan and participate in the internal HAHSTA work group and community engagement.

Washington AIDS Partnership

The Washington AIDS Partnership is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers started 31 years ago with a mission to end the HIV epidemic in the greater Washington region.

The Partnership invests in local organizations, focusing programming and resources on the communities most affected by the epidemic. The Partnership also provides technical assistance to local nonprofits to increase capacity and expertise; initiates public policy initiatives to address systemic issues; convenes local government, providers, funders, and other stakeholders to implement innovative strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve the lives of people living with HIV; and each year recruits and mentors a team of young people who provide direct volunteer service in the community.

HAHSTA has formed multiple public-private projects with the Partnership, including HIV screening in nontraditional settings, an HIV medication pipeline, a female condom initiative, the PrEP for Women project, a mobile outreach and care engagement program model, and innovative projects for gay and bisexual men of color.

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