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AIDS.gov Surpasses 100,000 Twitter Followers – What Does It Really Mean?

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The last month and a half has been a busy time for the HIV community. We commemorated 30 years since the first reported cases of AIDS on June 5, promoted National HIV Testing Day on June 27, and recognized the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on July 13. And amidst…

Online Resources to Protect Those with HIV/AIDS

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To mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Justice Department has launched a new section of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website, http://www.ada.gov/aids Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which gives federal civil rights protections to persons with…

Scientific Advances and the Fight Against AIDS

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This week, I am in Rome, Italy, for the International AIDS Society’s Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention. This gathering of researchers caps a year of incredible scientific announcements, and I anticipate even more at this meeting. Last summer, the PEPFAR-funded CAPRISA study of a tenofovir-based microbicide demonstrated successful proof-of-concept for this female controlled…

6th International AIDS Society Conference Underway This Week

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This week, over 5,000 delegates from around the world are attending the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) in Rome, Italy. This biannual conference is the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV/AIDS, and provides “a unique opportunity for the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, public health experts and…

Update on Our Partnership With Haiti on Health

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I recently returned from a visit to Haiti. As it recovers from last year’s earthquake, the nation continues to face immense challenges — as it has throughout its difficult history. There is much more work to do there in all sectors, including health. Yet I am encouraged by the resilience of the people, and proud…

The National AIDS Strategy at One Year

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It’s been one year since we launched the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy and today we are releasing an implementation update to keep you up to speed on the latest work. We plan to release a more comprehensive progress report after the conclusion of the calendar year, but as we mark this critical first year, we…

Changing the Landscape of HIV Prevention: What a Difference a Year Makes

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Kevin Fenton

On July 13, 2010, President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  The Strategy outlines bold new steps for responding to the domestic HIV epidemic at a critical time in the U.S. HIV incidence has been stable, but health inequalities are worsening, and many Americans no longer feel that HIV is a serious health threat….

Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Launch

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Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

Since President Obama released the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (the “Strategy”) last July, 2010, I have had the privilege of helping to guide its implementation as well as coordinate the many integrated federal activities involved in reaching these ambitious goals. On this first anniversary, we can celebrate considerable strides toward reaching the Strategy’s clear and…