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Statement by the President on National HIV Testing Day

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National HIV Testing Day highlights the importance of HIV testing and the fight against HIV/AIDS.   Of the over 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, more than 200,000 are unaware of their infection, and may unknowingly be transmitting the virus to others.  Knowing your HIV status is a vital step toward accessing life-extending treatment for HIV,…

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More than 20,000. That’s the number of delegates that are expected to attend AIDS 2012. According to organizers, the conference received 11,715 abstracts from scientists around the world seeking to showcase their research at the conference. That is a 15% increase from the 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria. After a rigorous peer review process, the…

Tumbling Uphill: Social Blogging Site Tumblr on the Rise

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At AIDS.gov we continuously follow and research emerging social media tools for what may be the next big application. However, one of the big stories of 2011 wasn’t around an “emerging” tool, but one that had been with us since 2007. Tumblr is a social blogging site that that allows individual blog posts to be…

HRSA Announces Funding Availability to Support New Part C Programs Offering Early HIV Intervention Services

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Last week, the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will support between 5 and 10 new Part C programs offering HIV early intervention services (EIS) in areas of the country where the HIV epidemic is increasing, demand for services has increased, and the…

Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2012 LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to highlight the progress our country is making to address the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, especially through implementation of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Studies have shown that health disparities related…

President Obama Announces Grant Colfax as New Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

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The following is from the White House Office of the Press Secretary – for immediate release March 14, 2012 Today, President Obama announced the appointment of one of the nation’s leading public health policy experts as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). Grant Colfax, MD, Director of the HIV Prevention Section…

Turn up the Volume: Audio Podcasts for 2012

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The term podcast is used to describe a series of online audio or video files that audiences can subscribe to and download regularly. As part of our effort to promote the use of new media and emerging technologies to extend the reach of HIV messaging, we have been producing audio podcasts since 2006. In 2008,…

Geosocial Connections: Where we’ve been and where we’re going

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A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project study [PDF-843KB] found that 28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based or “geosocial” services and 55% of smartphone owners use global positioning systems (GPS) for directions and recommendations of places to visit. Geosocial networking uses location-based software or “geolocation” and GPS to identify an individual’s…