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As HIV Turns 30, Attention Turns to an Aging Epidemic

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The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or other Federal agencies. Just two months before the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV in the United States, the Leadership Council…

The National Museum of American History Recognizes 30 Years of AIDS

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Recently, I learned of two complementary exhibits at the National Museum of American History entitled, HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago and Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009. As one passionate about the fight against AIDS, but who wasn’t aware of HIV/AIDS in the early years, I was interested to learn…

Highlights from a National Discussion on 30 Years of AIDS in the United States

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Earlier this month over 2,000 government employees, stakeholders, staff from community organizations, consumers, and advocates working in HIV participated in a webinar, “The State and Future of HIV/AIDS” to recognize 30 years of AIDS. The following federal leaders briefly spoke: Dr. Maggie Czarnogorski (VA) noted the current context of both the 30 years of AIDS…

The Future of the NIAID Clinical Trial Units

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As the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) moves forward to restructure its HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and include a new network focused on infectious diseases other than AIDS, the Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) will continue to play a critical role in establishing, developing, and implementing the networks’ scientific research agendas. Additionally, we…

Proposed National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Fund

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Because the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is a priority endeavor for the U.S. government, when the President released his Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) budget proposal in February of this year, he proposed a special fund to support the implementation of the Strategy. If approved, the FY12 Budget Proposal authorizes the Secretary of the Department of…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Note: Today President Obama issued a statement on National HIV Testing Day Thirty years ago, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there was no test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For many, there was only the long and worrisome wait for the signs of infection. Once those signs appeared, no treatment for the…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Today is National HIV Testing Day—a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States.  Approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infections. Early testing and…

Inspiration for a Future Free of HIV

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This week, First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting South Africa and Botswana, focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. Today, Mrs. Obama met with organizations dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including groups that use soccer to convene and educate children about HIV/AIDS. Tomorrow, she will meet with a Teen Club in Botswana…

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