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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, 2011

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Co-authored by Margaret (Peggy) Johnston, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Consultant, NIAID.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the more than 35,000 individuals who have volunteered for preventive HIV vaccine trials over the past 25 years. Without their participation, the modest success that we have achieved

Research Update: Treating HIV-infected People with Antiretrovirals Protects Partners from Infection: CDC Statement

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Yesterday, we blogged that NIH released findings from an important large-scale clinical study that found that men and women living with HIV who took oral antiretroviral medicines when their immune systems were relatively healthy, were able to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners. We also heard from the CDC Director…

International Day Against Homophobia

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May 17 marks the 8th International Day Against Homophobia .  As a gay man, this day allows me to reflect on the effect of homophobia and the way it intersects with HIV/AIDS. I want to remember that the impact of homophobia can lead to HIV risk-taking behaviors. Homophobia may keep people from getting information about HIV, and…

HHS Announces New Action Plan to Prevent, Care, and Treat Viral Hepatitis

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

Today, May 12, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Combating the Silent Epidemic: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (read the full “Action Plan” here, PDF 672KB). At 1 pm EST today, HHS officials and community representatives will meet in Washington…

NIH Research Update: Treating HIV-infected People with Antiretrovirals Protects Partners from Infection

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Today the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released findings from a large-scale clinical study. This study found that men and women living with HIV who took oral antiretroviral medicines when their immune systems were relatively healthy, were able to reduce the risk of transmitting…

Evolutions in the Minority AIDS Initiative Secretary’s Fund

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As we continue to work within and outside of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pursue the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), we are assessing HIV-focused programs and resource allocations to make sure that they are aligned with the priorities spelled-out in the NHAS . These efforts include a review…

Community Representatives Share Thoughts with 12 Cities Project Steering Committee

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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services’ 12 Cities Project Steering Committee met with several community representatives (PDF 35KB) to discuss the project and explore opportunities to encourage stronger cross-agency collaboration at the local level. My Federal colleagues—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),…

Growing and Adapting: A New AIDS.gov Blog Structure

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Today, we are proud to announce a new structure for our blog – one that encompasses the changes and growth we’ve experienced since we launched the blog over three years ago. Some of the new features include: Featured blog posts: With the increased number of blog posts, it’s easy for some to get lost in…

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