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

Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

“Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV ­– for me, for you, for everyone.” That’s the motto for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19. According to the Banyan Tree Project, which sponsors this Awareness Day on behalf of a wide cross-section of organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders: “Saving…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Supported in Priorities Reflected in President’s FY2012 Budget

At a White House event on Monday, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the operational plans prepared by the six Federal agencies tasked with lead responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During the event, he and I also discussed some of the important HIV/AIDS related elements…

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

“Save a Life, It May be your Own. Get Tested for HIV.” That is the message for this year’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which our nation will observe this Friday, October 15. On NLAAD, we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981, gay men have been in the eye of the HIV hurricane in the United States—and they continue to bear the brunt of the epidemic in North America. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study of HIV prevalence and…

U.S. Conference on AIDS and the Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

I was honored to attend this year’s United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) and present at the closing session. In addition to speaking at that event, I was able to meet one-on-one with a number of conference participants. I had the pleasure to talk with executive directors, advocates, health department staff, people living with HIV/AIDS,…

International AIDS Conference Day 4: Dr. Koh Speaks with PACHA members Helene Gayle and Phill Wilson

It was a great pleasure to speak with two members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.

International AIDS Conference Day 3: Dr. Koh speaks on HIV Travel Restrictions

Today, I participated in a dialogue about nations lifting HIV-related travel restrictions. I was joined by distinguished colleagues, including the UNAIDS Executive Director, Mr. Michel Sidibe, the Honorable Dr. Richard N. Kamwi, Namibia's Minister of Health, Kevin Moody, CEO of GNP+ , and James Chau, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. Both Namibia and China lifted such travel…

International AIDS Conference Day 2: Dr. Koh Speaks with Dr. Jack Stein on Drug Control Policy

Today is the second day of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. I am honored to continue to represent the Department of Health and Human Services and to be part of the U.S. Delegation at the 2010 International AIDS Conference.