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Andrew D. Forsyth, Ph.D.

Senior Science Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Iowa Modernizes HIV Criminalization Law

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On May 30, 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill making substantial revisions to the state’s HIV criminalization law. The new legislation rewrote state law 709c, which was originally passed in 1998 and made it a felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, for persons living with HIV infection (PLWH)…

Health Affairs Press Briefing: The ACA and Vulnerable Americans Living with HIV/AIDS

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On March 11, the health policy journal Health Affairs  hosted a briefing at the National Press Club to highlight its March 2014 edition entitled, “The ACA and Vulnerable Americans: HIV/AIDS; Jails .” The volume features a number of economic and modeling analyses that make a compelling case for the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…

Scientific Advances on the HIV Care Continuum Presented at CROI

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Among the scientific advances highlighted at the 21st Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston, Massachusetts this week were a number of new studies addressing the provision of essential care to persons living with HIV infection, including diagnosis, linkage and retention in care, initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART), and achievement of durable viral…

Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Plan Aligns with National Strategy to End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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In September 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of HIV/AIDS released its latest strategic plan intended to further the state’s long-standing success in combating the HIV epidemic in the Commonwealth. As explained in the plan, advances in HIV prevention, diagnostics and treatment, as well as greater integration of public health and health…

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy…

HIV Prevention Resource Allocation Modeling Pilot (HIV RAMP)

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The U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) calls on national, state and local programs to focus efforts in communities where HIV is concentrated and to target resources on tailored combinations of effective, evidence-based strategies. As jurisdictions work to apply these principles, some have employed resource allocation modeling to help inform their decision making about how best…

HHS Requests Information on New HIV Data Project

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Federal funding for HIV services is spread across multiple departments, agencies, and programs each with its own mission, priorities, and history. In order to achieve a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) recommends that the Federal government develop improved mechanisms to: 1) monitor, evaluate, and report on progress…