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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 

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 3

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USCA

This is the third in our series of daily highlights from the U.S. Conference on AIDS in Chicago. This post spotlights some activities related to treatment and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) from Saturday, November 12. Later this week we will provide a summary of the final day of the conference along with a blog…

Getting Ready for USCA 2011, November 10–13: Send Us Your Thoughts

USCA

The U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) 2011 is less than two weeks away. As Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council noted in his recent blog post, this year’s conference is pivotal. With the conference theme, “Make Change Real,” over 3,000 federal, national, and community-level HIV partners will gather in Chicago to…

Medicare Steps Up Enforcement of Equal Visitation and Representation Rights for Same Sex Partners in Hospitals

CMS

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. These rules, finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November, apply…

Reducing the Number of Federal Websites

President Obama, Federal Register

On June 13, 2011, President Obama launched the Campaign to Cut Waste, calling on federal agencies to target wasteful spending, improve government effectiveness, and help guide visitors to information. There are almost 2,000 separate “domains” (see the bottom of this page for a definition) across the federal government, and many more websites buried under those…

New CDC Resources on HIV Among Women and Transgender People

HIV among transgender

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted new resources on two important HIV prevention topics: Updated Fact Sheet: HIV among Women – According to 2009 HIV surveillance data, women represented 24% of all diagnoses of HIV infection among U.S. adults and adolescents in 40 states with long-established, confidential name-based reporting. In 2008,…

SAMHSA Launches Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS Web Page

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS

Our HHS colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently launched a new page on their website devoted to behavioral health and HIV/AIDS. SAMHSA is dedicated to promoting wellness and reducing the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities and is among the Federal partners collaborating to implement…

Using Video to Tell Your Story: Reflections on 30 Years of AIDS and the One-Year Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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I am the Strategy. Are You?

More than half of all internet users have watched and downloaded online videos according to the The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project . And over the past few weeks, we’ve shared videos about the importance of HIV testing and the progress that has been made since the first cases of AIDS were…

Speaking out about HIV/AIDS, one button at a time

Miguel Gomez, 1984.

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning last June 3, the National Museum of American History has been marking the anniversary of the emergence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a three-part display and companion website. This blog series provides additional context…

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