Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health

HIV/AIDS Prevention Planning

HIV prevention planning is a process where people with different interests and responsibilities work together to plan how to prevent HIV infection where they live.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects HIV planning to improve HIV prevention programs by strengthening the 1) scientific basis, 2) community relevance, 3) key stakeholder involvement, 4) population- or risk-based focus of HIV prevention interventions, and 5) communication and  coordination of services across the continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

How it works

The HIV Prevention Planning Group, also known as the PPG, meets regularly to discuss recent activities, assess needs, and make recommendations that will ultimately form the state’s plan to prevent the transmission of HIV. Representatives from populations that are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS are valued members who provide the group with much-needed input from their communities.

How does the PPG make a difference?

The PPG’s main task is to oversee the creation of an HIV Prevention Plan. Community-Based Organizations refer to the plan when grant-writing, assessing their communities, and designing programs. This makes the Prevention Plan the biggest influence PPG members have on HIV prevention activities in their state. 

CDC implemented state HIV prevention planning in 1994 based on the belief that local decision-making is the best way to respond to local HIV prevention needs and priorities. We need your voice! The time to end AIDS is now.

How do I sign up?

Applications for membership are taken at any time.  We always need fresh faces! You can receive an application by contacting Deborah Rumrill, Ryan White Program Coordinator, at 605-367-4795.

How do I learn more?

You can learn more by calling the Dept. of Health at 605-367-7202, or by visiting the PPG Facebook Fan Page. Search for ‘PPG (South Dakota)’ and join the conversation. 

The only way we will end AIDS is if we prevent people from becoming infected with HIV.

For more information contact Deborah Rumrill, Ryan White Program Coordinator, at 605-367-4795.
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