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NIH HIV Research Agenda Set for 2021-2025

Monday, January 27, 2020


Development of "next generation" HIV therapies and tackling of HIV co-morbidities like hepatitis are among the HIV research priorities outlined in a new five-year strategic plan to guide NIH-funded research. The NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research covers 2021-2025 and outlines priorities and goals for coordination of HIV-related research across NIH, internationally and in the U.S. In fiscal year 2019, $3 billion in research funds were disseminated across NIH for such work. 

The nearly 30 page plan includes context-setting infographics and data documenting: progress to date (see the ~40-year timeline): prevalence of HIV in the world (cases and new HIV infections--worldwide, 1.7 million people were newly infected in 2018); health outcomes (worldwide, HIV/AIDS deaths in 2018 declined 55% since the 2004 peak and 62% were on antiretroviral therapy); and HIV in the U.S. in terms of awareness of HIV status, engagement in care, and viral suppression.

In 2018, 87.1% of HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients achieved viral suppression

Scientific priorities outlines in the plan include:

  1. reduce the Incidence of HIV
  2. address HIV-associated comorbidities, coinfections, and complications
  3. develop next-generation HIV therapies
  4. advance research toward a cure and
  5. support “cross-cutting areas"

​Specifics are summarized in the below graphic.

NIH HIV Research Priorities 2021-2025

The Plan also presents the following four strategic goals from the above scientific priorities.

NIH HIV Research Goals for 2021-2025
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