Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative in 2019. The initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90% by 2030 by scaling up key HIV prevention and treatment strategies.
The Arkansas 2019 HIV Surveillance Report indicated that Arkansas had 276 new cases of HIV in 2019. In addition, Arkansas is one of the seven states where the incidence of HIV in rural areas is the highest. See EHE Plan and EHE Profile.
The Arkansas Department of Health Infectious Disease Branch has partnered with public policy, governmental, faith-based, and grassroots communities to work toward achieving health equity and eliminating HIV in the state. Each agency provides specific services based on the needs in their designated areas; however, all services are available throughout the entire state of Arkansas.