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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 

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, AIDS.gov Partnerships Specialist, and Cathy Thomas, AIDS.gov 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 AIDS.gov 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 AIDS.gov 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

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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…

Future Directions-HIV Clinical Trials-Town Hall

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On Tuesday, October 26, more than 300 representatives from our current HIV clinical trial networks, the infectious diseases research community, and HIV advocacy groups attended the “Town Hall Meeting to Examine the Restructuring of the NIAID Clinical Trials Networks.” The goals of the meeting were to: Provide NIAID’s overarching vision for the future of its…

Tobacco Control and HIV

Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Yesterday, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the first ever comprehensive tobacco control strategic action plan, Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan (PDF) that outlines specific, evidence-based actions that will help create a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. During a press conference at…