Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health

HIV Prevention Planning Group

Prevention Planning is a collaborative process through which health departments work with community members to design a state prevention plan that best represents the prevention needs of communities at risk for or already infected with HIV.

To prevent the spread of HIV, strategies are needed that are appropriate and acceptable to diverse communities. Therefore, South Dakota’s PPG process seeks the participation of every community affected by HIV: rural residents and urban residents, women at risk, people living with HIV, African Americans, Native Americans, injection drug users, people with disabilities, substance abusers, and youth. Planning group members and participants include department staff, community service providers, staff from statewide community-based organizations, and other concerned citizens.

Upcoming Planning Group Meetings

As meetings are scheduled they will be posted at this site

  • August 26-27, 2022 
  • October 14-15  
Sioux Falls


Does it cost anything to join?
No, membership is completely free. In fact, we reimburse members' travel expenses to attend meetings.

Will I meet people who are HIV positive?
Possibly. Many individuals of varying health status participate in the meetings. Not everyone who participates in the meetings is infected with HIV. The health status of members is not usually discussed.

When and where are the meetings held?
The PPG meets about six times a year, at locations that rotate around the state. For the date and location of the next meeting, email the HIV/AIDS program.

Are meetings open to the public?
Yes, all meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are provided an opportunity to speak at every meeting.

Do I need to be an HIV expert?
No, people from all walks of life participate in PPG. We need members with passion and a willingness to fight for the health of South Dakota citizens.

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