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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 

Conversations from AIDS 2014: Ron Valdiserri and Phill Wilson

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As the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) continues in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, spoke with Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute  and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, about what stood out to him so far. During their conversation,…

AIDS 2014 Day 3: CDC’s Laura Kann on Adolescents and HIV-Related Risk Behavior

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Dr. Laura Kann, head of the School-Based Surveillance Branch in CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, is attending AIDS 2014 to present a study entitled “Unequal Progress and Cause for Concern: Differences in HIV-Related Risk Behavior Trends Among Subgroups of Adolescents, 1991-2013” . The study, which is based on data from the CDC’s National…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Science Highlight from Second Day of AIDS 2014

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The second day of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia was filled with scientific findings shared by researchers from around the world. We caught up again with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and asked him to reflect…

Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards

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At AIDS 2014 on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the PEPFAR program.  She shared a few observations with us after several busy days at the conference in Melbourne. She noted she was excited to see representatives of various sectors assembled…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Looks Ahead to Key Topics to be Explored at AIDS 2014

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As the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) opened in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, July 20, 2014, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach. He’s the Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). During our brief conversation, Dr. Dieffenbach reflects on the conference theme, “Stepping…

Dr. Fauci Reflects on HIV Colleagues Lost in Flight MH-17

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On Sunday, July 20, 2014, just before the opening of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Australia, we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Among those lost was world-renowned AIDS researcher Dr. Joep…

Mobile Safety for Memorial Day Weekend

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On Wednesday, I was listening to the news as I got ready for work, and I learned that, according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads , Memorial Day weekend is the peak time for motorists to be caught running red lights. It’s very easy to get distracted when we are behind the wheel. As the Director…

A Powerful Minute: Effective Videos

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During our AIDS.gov new media school session today, we discussed the effective use of video in public health communications and viewed a new video produced by the White House as part of the 1 is 2 Many campaign to end violence and sexual assault against women. Our discussion ties back to yesterday’s Black Voices blog post where Ken Williams shared how video has become an…