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PACHA Meeting Examines Women and HIV, Other Issues at Winter Meeting

Nancy Mahon

At the end of last month, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened for its first meeting of 2012. It was my privilege to lead that meeting, my first as PACHA’s new chairperson. Our agenda was a very full one and the discussions thoughtful, rich, and informative. As we embarked on our work, we…

Youth Programme Aims to Strengthen the Participation of Young People at AIDS 2012

Group at laptop

If previous International AIDS Conferences are any indication, young people will comprise one of the most actively engaged delegations at AIDS 2012. This is welcomed news, as the leadership and involvement of young people is critical to the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., young people aged…

New Frontiers in HIV Testing

Ronald Validserri

It is understandable why advances in the development of anti-HIV drugs have so dominated media stories about the AIDS epidemic in recent years. The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy has had such a tremendous impact on HIV morbidity and mortality that early commentators of the phenomenon often referred to “the Lazarus effect” when describing…

Pursuing the Goals of the NHAS for Women

March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day nears, I wanted to share highlights of actions that have unfolded since our last blog post on achieving the goals of the NHAS for women. Impact of HIV on Women in the U.S. Nearly 300,000 women in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and, according to…

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Nancy C. Lee

Today, nearly 300,000 women are living with HIV in the United States. While men represent the majority of AIDS diagnoses, as well as new and existing HIV infections, the impact of HIV/AIDS on women has grown since the beginning of the epidemic. Compared with women of other races/ethnicities, African American women continue to be disproportionally…

The Impact of Missed Health Care Visits on HIV Outcomes and Mortality

Michael Holberg and Ron Valdiserri

At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) [external disclaimer] this week, Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health for Infectious Diseases, spoke with Dr. Michael Horberg, Director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). They discussed the paper Dr. Horberg is presenting…

On the Passing of Representative Donald Payne

Donald Payne

The global health community lost one of its strongest champions today with the death of Representative Donald Payne. Rep. Payne was a tireless advocate for humanitarian support to developing countries, particularly in Africa. He served for 25 years in Congress and was a trailblazer for public health and human rights for people worldwide. In 2003,…

Highlights from CROI 2012

Ronald Validserri

The 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) officially opened in Seattle on Monday afternoon, March 5th. Over 4,200 researchers, providers, community leaders, and advocates from 83 countries gathered at the Washington State Convention Center to hear the opening plenary session. The first presentation was from Dr. Dennis Burton, an internationally renowned expert in…