Miguel Gomez

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

Highlights From CROI

Conversations with At CROI 2011 with the National Institutes of Health. March 3, 2011 - Boston, MA

On Wednesday, March 2, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases at HHS spoke with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach about his reflections on the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Dr. Dieffenbach serves as the Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…

Effective HIV Prevention Programs in the U.S.

Conversations with Conference on Human Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). February 28, 2011 - Boston, MA

On Monday, February 28, Dr. Jonathan Mermin gave a plenary presentation at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Dr. Mermin is the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.  His talk was titled The Science and Practice…

Podcasting CROI: Bringing the Science to You

CROI 2011 Boston Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2011

I've been at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week in Boston. As we mentioned in earlier posts and tweets, the CROI conference committee has been making scientific session available as webcasts and podcasts . As Dr. Valdiserri mentioned in last week's post, "The conference provides a critically important global forum…

The 12 Cities Project

Department of Health and Human Services 12 Cities Project. February 25, 2011

An important component of the HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Operational Plan is what is known as “the 12 Cities Project.” The HHS-wide project supports and accelerates comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in the 12 U.S. jurisdictions that bear the highest AIDS burden in the country. We have touched on the project in some prior…

Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council: Grateful Collaboration


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FHAWC members at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Co-authored by: Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, and Cathy Thomas, Technical Director As we start the New Year, we're launching a series about new media planning. In upcoming weeks we'll be hearing from our community and Federal colleagues about steps they are taking to implement a new media strategy. At we use new…

Hairdressers Against AIDS: For a Beautiful World Without AIDS

Hairdressers Against AIDS (HAA) and the L'Oreal Foundation

As we continue to observe World AIDS Day, I want to acknowledge the partnership with the Global Business Coalition , which brought into a working relationship with Hairdressers Against AIDS (HAA) and their partner, the L’Oreal Foundation . Yesterday, in advance of World AIDS Day, HAA sponsored a key event at the United Nations…

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day


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FACING AIDS for the 37 friends I've lost to HIV

Tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day. This year was an important one for those of us working to respond to HIV — from the signing of the Affordable Care Act, to the release of the White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy, to the exciting news about PrEP and microbicides. On World AIDS Day, I want…

Medicare Finalizes New Rules to Require Equal Visitation Rights for all Hospital Patients

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) finalized a new rule which requires hospitals to let patients decide who can visit them. This new rule will “empower patients to designate their own visitors, including a same-sex domestic partner”. This is an important change for the HIV community. To learn more about…