WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 1, 2022) – Avita, a national health care services organization that offers a full suite of sexual wellness, pharmacy, and 340B management solutions, joined a cohort of 14 other U.S. business leaders at the White House today to announce the formation of U.S. Business Action to End HIV.
The coalition, initiated by ViiV Healthcare and organized by the Health Action Alliance, was created in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Launched as part of the White House’s World AIDS Day commemoration, it seeks to harness the influence and expertise of the private sector to bring new momentum to the fight to end HIV by 2030.
“Avita is proud to leverage its footprint and expertise as a national health care services organization to strategically embolden the fight to end HIV,” says Avita CEO Michael Yount. “Our legacy of providing compassionate LGBTQ+, HIV treatment and prevention, and sexual wellness care to underserved populations makes joining the U.S. Business Action to End HIV coalition as a founding member both an honor and symbol of our ongoing commitment to community health.”
More than four decades after the HIV epidemic started, there are still 35,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, and more than 1.2 million Americans live with HIV. “We know that stigma, staggering health inequities, and social determinants of health cause specific groups to bear the burden of HIV/AIDS,” says Avita Chief Advocacy Officer Glen Pietrandoni, who met with other thought leaders at the coalition’s inaugural roundtable discussion. “Even though we’ve been battling the virus a long time, we must constantly innovate personalized ways to engage with people and offer them choices on how to prevent and treat HIV.”
Companies joining U.S. Business Action to End HIV are asked to commit to at least one of six actions identified as opportunities for employers to fill gaps and accelerate progress to help end HIV. Avita has already hit the ground running in support of the coalition and has pledged the following:
The Avita team will continue to work hand-in-hand with its covered entity partners, patients, and local communities to meet the overwhelming need for a compassionate, equitably based health care model that addresses HIV’s disproportionate impact on underserved populations.
Avita is dedicated to next-leveling its clinical and advocacy efforts to strategically step up HIV education, prevention, testing, and treatment initiatives nationwide, and infusing its expertise in serving the LGBTQ+ community to fight stigma.
Avita believes that health care is a human right, and as an agent of change will empower providers, leverage technology, and innovate personalized resources to end the epidemic once and for all.
Avita is committed to reducing health inequities by bringing compassionate LGBTQ+, HIV, PrEP, and sexual wellness care to its covered entity partners and patients. With a trusted suite of 340B program solutions, integrated pharmacy services, and holistic care approaches, Avita provides award-winning care for more than 145,000 patients through over 320 covered entities at 65+ locations nationwide. To learn more about how Avita is unlocking healthier lives and long-term success, visit avitapharmacy.com.
A. Dawn Rosenberg