THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Racism is “a public health threat” that must be tackled to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Biden administration said Wednesday in announcing its new strategy to fight the disease.

Over generations, “structural inequities have resulted in racial and ethnic health disparities that are severe, far-reaching, and unacceptable,” according to the strategy released on World AIDS Day.

The strategy outlines the direction of the White House’s policies, research, programs, and planning for the next three years.

The strategy calls for targeting the needs of disproportionately affected populations, supporting racial justice, fighting HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and providing leadership and employment opportunities for people who have or are at risk for HIV.

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