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May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

KNOW MORE HEPATITIS. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month.

Every May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our public health partners across the nation observe Hepatitis Awareness Month. This year, we are very pleased to be marking this observance during a time of increased awareness about and collaboration around viral hepatitis –due in…

In Nigeria, Remembering Lives Lost

Goosby Nigeria

I am writing from Abuja, Nigeria, where all are mourning the victims of the tragic bombings of a local newspaper’s offices here and in the city of Kaduna. Innocent lives were lost to these terrible acts of murder. At the time of the blast, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and I were commemorating the victims…

Eliminating Disparities in HIV/AIDS

J. Nadine Gracia

As we commemorate National Minority Health Month during April, we recognize that this is truly a moment of unprecedented opportunity for health equity – including equity in HIV prevention and care. One year after the launch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ first-ever Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities…

AIDS 2012: Bringing It Home

Neil Giuliano

The AIDS 2012 Opening Session is less than three months away. Between now and then, we will continue to blog about the US government’s participation at the conference. We encourage you to also read blog posts from our non-federal colleagues. AIDS 2012 is a conference where we all come together — public, private, non-profits. The…

Do you Text and Drive?

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One Text or Call Could Wreck it All

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. At AIDS.gov we are committed to promoting the use of new media and the responsible use of new media. This month you will hear from AIDS.gov team members about the importance of this issue. Our federal colleagues are equally committed to raising awareness about distracted driving and are…

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Important Allies in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Universities and colleges play an important role in the nation’s response to HIV/AIDS—educating young people; preparing the next generations of health care providers, researchers, teachers, and public health professionals; conducting research that helps us improve our response; and even educating their faculty, staff and communities about HIV/AIDS. In fact, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy points specifically…

FDA Advisory Committees to Examine a Number of HIV Issues in May

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has three important advisory committee meetings scheduled in May that may impact HIV prevention, detection, and treatment. On May 10, 2012, FDA’s Antiviral Advisory Committee will discuss expanding the indication of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) tablet, made by Gilead Sciences, Inc., to include use for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP),…

Devices vs. Content: Lessons from SXSW Interactive

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Each year at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), a theme or trend emerges that defines the year, a touchstone that marks an up-and-coming application or idea. Past SXSW conferences have seen platforms like Twitter and Foursquare launched, and these applications have gone on to become cornerstones of the social media landscape. Throughout the week, many…