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VA Increases HIV Testing Rates

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Dr. Maggie Czarnogorski

In this month during which we observe Veteran’s Day, I am pleased to share news about an a significant achievement in HIV screening at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Annual HIV testing rates in Veterans Administration Medical Centers increased significantly between 2009 and 2010. As reported in a Research Letter I co-authored with colleagues…

Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Spotlight on Hepatitis B

Ronald Valdiserri

Earlier this month, I blogged about some of the highlights of our recent efforts to implement Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan). Today, I want to spotlight hepatitis B. Hepatitis B In the United States, an estimated 800,000–1.4 million persons are…

CDC ECHPP Plans Released

Map of the United States

Earlier this year, AIDS.gov reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had launched a website for its Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP) initiative, which provided $11.6 million in FY2011 for enhanced planning and coordination activities in the 12 Metropolitan and Statistical Areas (MSA) accounting for an estimated 44% of U.S. AIDS…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of the Final Day

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Mary Wakefield addresses USCA

This is the final in our series of daily highlights from the U.S. Conference on AIDS, which wrapped up Sunday in Chicago.  In addition to highlights from the final day’s activities, we also wanted to share a short interview with Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, we captured…

Talking To Your Cell Phone

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Co-authored by Michelle Samplin-Salgado, New Media Strategist, AIDS.gov

A day after Apple announced the new 4S iPhone, they lost their leader and visionary, Steve Jobs. We joined many others in commemorating the loss of a man whose work and vision have impacted the HIV and public health community with technology, access and communication. He helped…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 3

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USCA

This is the third in our series of daily highlights from the U.S. Conference on AIDS in Chicago. This post spotlights some activities related to treatment and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) from Saturday, November 12. Later this week we will provide a summary of the final day of the conference along with a blog…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 2

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Phill Wilson, Founder/CEO of the Black AIDS Institute addresses the 2011 USCA (photo courtesy of E. Negron/NMAC)

This is the second in our series of daily highlights from USCA 2011. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was featured prominently again in several sessions. Game Changers – Redefining HIV Yesterday’s inspiring and thought provoking plenary session challenged the more than 2,500 participants to contemplate how advances in HIV are redefining their roles. The session opened…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 1

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Secretary Sebelius Addresses USCA

The 15th annual U.S. Conference on AIDS got underway yesterday in Chicago. Over the next four days we’ll be sharing brief daily highlights from the conference focusing particularly on issues related to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Our first post is longer than usual, but with two plenary sessions and numerous day-long sessions, much transpired…