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What can the government do to prevent the spread of HIV?

To prevent the spread of HIV, the U.S. government can develop guidelines for healthcare providers on testing and medical care, educate healthcare providers and the public about the importance of HIV testing and medical care, and fund programs that support effective HIV prevention services and medical care.

The U.S. government can also identify and track differences in medical care, illness, and death across different groups of people and help meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, including getting all people with HIV into care.

State and local health departments can fund programs that support effective HIV prevention services and medical care, create programs and policies to test people at risk for HIV early and often, provide information about where people can get an HIV test, and educate people about the benefits of HIV testing, regular care, and treatment.

State and local health departments can also get people who have HIV connected to HIV medical care, promote HIV prevention counseling and services as a regular part of care, support community actions to prevent new HIV infections and help people with HIV, and help meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, including getting all people with HIV into care.

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