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Miguel Gomez

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

May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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May 18, 2010 will mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), an annual observance day that recognizes the thousands of volunteers, community leaders, health professionals, and scientists that work to develop a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – the Federal sponsor for HVAD – hopes the…

Health Information Technology and the Response to HIV

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We are excited to present this video as part of a series on health information technology (health IT). We’ve talked about personal health records and HIV before, and today we want to share a bit more on what health IT is all about, and what it means for those of us working to respond to…

Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS: Meeting Updates

Reverend Calvin Butts and Anita McBride

Co-authored by Amy Palilonis, Presidential Management Fellow The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) held it’s 39th Full Council Meeting on Monday, April 26. The meeting began with a recap of February’s PACHA meeting, followed by the swearing in of two pending members, Reverend Calvin Butts and Anita McBride. Ann Gavaghan, Chief of Staff in…

New Media Microgrant Awardees

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New Media Microgrant Awardees

When we launched this blog over two years ago, we stated our commitment to learning along with you to find new and creative ways to use new media in response to HIV/AIDS. Last week, we continued to honor this commitment by making 17 microgrants to organizations that are planning for and implementing new media to…

Respecting the Rights of Hospital Patients: Presidential Memorandum

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On April 15, a Presidential Memorandum was released about hospital visitations related to the rights of hospital patients to receive visitors and to designate surrogate decision makers for medical emergencies. This is an important action for Gay and Lesbian Americans, who are often barred from the bedside of the partners with whom they've spent decades…

Using the Internet to Provide HIV-Prevention Messages to Men Who Have Sex with Men

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On Wednesday, March 24, I had the pleasure of taking part in a day-long meeting about using the Internet to provide effective HIV-prevention messages to men who have sex with men (MSM). The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A report is being developed about the meeting (and…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Meeting Videos Now Available

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As we mentioned in last week’s post, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) held a meeting on February 24, 2010 for the public to hear about the progress to date on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). A video is now available of last week’s public meeting. We spoke with some of our fellow attendees…

President’s Budget for HIV/AIDS at HHS

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget in Brief

The President’s budget was released this week with an investment of more than $3 billion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment activities to expand access to affordable healthcare and prevention services. (GPOAccesss.gov (PDF 324 KB), retrieved 2/1/10). According to the HHS Budget in Brief, this increase…