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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 

National HIV Testing Day – A message from President Obama

National HIV Testing Day from President Obama

Throughout the month of June, we've been asking people to share their HIV testing stories. Today, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, President Obama released a special video message about the importance of HIV testing and his own experiences getting an HIV test in Kenya. The White House has used Twitter , YouTube and…

I Know. I Took the Test: National HIV Testing Day Call to Action

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Back in April, I shared that according to CDC estimates, one of every five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of their HIV status. Stigma remains a barrier to people getting an HIV test. I also asked for your suggestions in naming our AIDS.gov National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) initiative which will…

Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

apitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of speaking about new media during the “Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS” co-sponsored by amfAR and Research!America . This event brought together international HIV experts, celebrity advocates, and government officials to talk about the importance of HIV research and a National AIDS Strategy. The…

Personal Health Records and People Living with HIV

Chitra Mohla

I spoke with Chitra Mohla from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to learn more about Personal Health Records (PHRs) and their importance in the HIV community. A PHR allows you to store and manage all your information in one place. Chitra told me that people who are chronically ill are…

CDC Publishes Interim Guidance for Clinicians on HIV and the Flu

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Earlier this week we blogged about the recent flu and mentioned that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was finalizing interim guidance for clinicians for the management of patients with HIV who have been exposed to or who have contracted this flu. Yesterday, the CDC published Interim Guidance-HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: Considerations…

2009 Flu and HIV

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Our nation confronts a serious public health challenge, the 2009 flu outbreak (commonly referred to as “swine flu”). To learn more about the potential impact of this new outbreak on the HIV community we reached out to Richard Wolitski from the CDC and to local HIV care providers across the country. We still have a…

Ready to Share: NAPWA Embraces New Media

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Earlier this week, Michelle Samplin-Salgado and I gave a workshop on using new media in response to HIV/AIDS at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns. The Institute is part of NAPWA’s “Mobilized to Succeed” initiative. It was an honor to…

Open for Suggestions: Help us name this year’s National HIV Testing Day Project!

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One out of five – that’s the latest CDC estimate of how many people living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their HIV status. People who know their HIV status are more likely to take action to improve their health and well-being. So HIV testing is essential––yet, for many people, the stigma around…

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